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Chrysler to Recall Minivans and Some Ram Trucks

August 17, 2004

DaimlerChrysler's Chrysler Group plans to recall 831,000 minivans that may have weak power steering hoses and could pose fire dangers, the company said according to a report in the Associated Press (AP) on August 5. Chrysler spokesman Max Gates told the AP that owners of the 2002, 2003, and 2004-model year minivans with V6 engines will receive letters informing them of the problem in September — the recall will apply to Dodge Caravans and Grand Caravans, and Chrysler's Voyager and Town & Country models. The problem in the minivans is that one of the hoses that carries power steering fluid may become weak with age and leak fluid, which could start a fire under the hood. Cold weather is believed to aggravate the problem, Gates told AP. He reportedly said replacement parts will be available in early September. About 681,000 of the vans are in the United States, and 150,000 in Canada. According to AP, the company also said it's immediately recalling 2,000 Dodge Rams from 2004 with 4.7L engines. Gates reportedly said an alternator wire in those trucks can hit a valve, cause a short circuit, and pose a fire danger. Gates told the Associated Press that no incidents have been reported in the Rams. Twenty-three fires have been reported in recent months in the minivans, mostly in Canada, but none have led to injuries or accidents, he said.
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