Chrysler Recalls More than 367,000 Minivans

A drain hose grommet for the air-conditioning system may have been improperly installed and could leak, causing the airbag to inflate without a crash.

Citing a risk that air bags could unintentionally deploy and cause injury, Chrysler on Dec. 16 recalled more than 367,000 minivans in the United States.

Chrysler said it was voluntarily recalling about 367,350 vehicles among its 2008 models of Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Caravan and Grand Caravan minivans.

The company said a drain hose grommet for the air-conditioning system may have been improperly installed and could leak, causing the airbag to inflate without a crash.

"The company is not aware of any accidents or fatalities resulting from this issue," Chrysler said.

The Chrysler recall notification on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warns that inadvertent airbag deployment could result in injury to the person sitting in the front seat, as well as a vehicle crash.

The number-three U.S. automaker recently recalled 76,000 Dodge Ram trucks due to a brake problem.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2010

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