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    The 2006 Chrysler Town and Country (Chrysler).

    Chrysler and the National Highway Safety Administration recently announced a recall of some 300,000 minivans for air bag problems.

    The problem, limited to 2005-2006 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Caravan and Grand Caravan models, involves a crash sensor found inside the front air bag units. The air bag sensors were made for Chrysler by Robert Bosch Corporation.

    The action covers vehicles originally sold, or currently registered, in 27 states (Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin) and the District of Columbia.

    Vehicles sold outside of these 27 states, or approximately 185,000 vehicles, are not affected by the recall. Most of these are not involved because of lower exposure to road salt, while other vehicles had different sensors installed.

    "Chrysler has determined that the supplemental front crash sensors may crack under certain environmental conditions and allow water to enter into the sensor. This can cause the sensor to become inoperative and illuminate the airbag warning light. These sensors were added to enhance the performance of the airbag system in certain frontal crashes."

    Chrysler noted in a letter to NHTSA that customers who have previously fixed a faulty air bag sensor will pay consumers back, provided they have saved their receipts.

    The recall notice indicates that NHTSA and Chrysler have different opinions about the severity of the problem. The report states:

    "NHTSA AND CHRYSLER DIFFER REGARDING THE SIGNIFICANCE AND IMPACT OF THE DEFECT, BUT IN THE INTEREST OF REMEDYING THE AFFECTED VEHICLES EXPEDITIOUSLY AND TO AVOID A PROTRACTED DISPUTE, CHRYSLER IS IMPLEMENTING STEPS TO REPLACE THE FRONT CRASH SENSORS. BASED ON THESE ACTIONS, THE AGENCY HAS DECIDED THAT FURTHER USE OF ITS RESOURCES DOES NOT APPEAR TO BE WARRANTED. ACCORDINGLY, THIS INVESTIGATION IS CLOSED. THE CLOSING OF THIS INVESTIGATION DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A FINDING BY NHTSA THAT NO SAFETY-RELATED DEFECT EXISTS IN THE SUBJECT VEHICLES. THE AGENCY WILL MONITOR THE ISSUE AND RESERVES THE RIGHT TO TAKE FURTHER ACTION IF WARRANTED BY THE CIRCUMSTANCES."

    Customers will receive notices from Chrysler soon. Owners who experience problems with their vehicles should have them serviced at their dealer. Owners can also call 1-800-Chrysler or visit http://www.chrysler.com/webselfservice/chrysler/index.jsp?screenName=recall.

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    peteswarr May 08, 2010 10:49 PM
    If you people would ust perform preventative maintenace on your cars, they would last a lot longer. My 03 t&C has 180,000 miles with few issues other than ones caused by the mechanics. My last 6 cars all went over 200000 miles with one going 489,000 miles, just with preventative maintenance.
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    kuzina9 Mar 23, 2010 1:45 AM
    I have had 3 different Dodge gran caravans.2003-2006.Something shots right thru the differential!!! Dodge is aware there is problem with their transmissions . I have finally been told by a Dodge repairman , that Daimler knows about the problem , but found by the time the transmission is shot first 1-3 yrs, the cars would be long gone and it would be the buyers problem.They would have the cost of taking appart the transmissions to replace this small part , invented to fix the problem , (cheep small spring ) to change their whole inline program to add this one part , they said was to expensive . There is a fix ******** a Daimler- Dodge secret and problem but they are not telling us and just keep selling these care as the unsuspecting buyer either replaces the car or has t o pay for a new or rebuilt transmission that will go to. Why dooesn,t someone come down on them.
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    phyl2h Mar 16, 2010 10:01 PM
    I have a 2008 TOWN & COUNTRY. how are they doing as far as this Salt Belt States Recall. Have they had any problems. I live in a Salt Belt State (Pennsylvania
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    angelaj0524 Feb 23, 2010 8:38 PM
    if you like rice so much move to china.
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    ycav4424 Feb 23, 2010 7:59 PM
    These new foreign cars would be good if they didn't have the built-in flaws that can kill people and their families. Here today gone tomorrow.
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    jalutz1 Feb 23, 2010 7:53 PM
    That what is wronge with american car dealers once they sell the car they don't give a **** what happen to it or you. And if they do rapair something they find something wronge with something else. Find a good mechanic . He can fix your car even your warrity work at 30 hr cheaper than a dealer. The scum bags of the car industrys.
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    falcon38a Feb 23, 2010 7:47 PM
    I am sick of people who argue about who makes the best car. The fact is all cars are built better now... foreign AND domestic. I own a 2004 Chrysler, 2004 BMW, 2008 Toyota truck and a 2000 Volvo.... they all are equal in reliability, etc. Get over the myths people!
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    littleblackbean Feb 23, 2010 7:44 PM
    When are the congressional hearings?
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    ddrifter777 Feb 23, 2010 7:32 PM
    Buy Toyota its still the best car built. The US cars still havent got it right so dont believe the BS about Toyota
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    senkjpga Feb 23, 2010 6:21 PM
    Buy a Toyota for true dependability Depend on careening out of control, no thanks.
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    bs00000008259202 Feb 23, 2010 5:30 PM
    Have 2006 Gran Caravan, airbag light been on a year dealer says on back order, also power train went out only 30,000 miles the part is still on back order I went to a small service garage they got the part from private source cost me $900.00 but couldn't drive without it had to go to work, had to make payments on it therefore had to pay to get it fixed. Chrysler said they would fix it for $100.00 but am still waiting on the back ordered part since Feb.2009. I wouldn't own another Chrysler if you gave it to me free, I will trade this in as soon as I'm able
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    craigwied Feb 23, 2010 5:07 PM
    Buy a Toyota for true dependability!
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    daveheydave Feb 23, 2010 4:58 PM
    gosh! I didnt see about or hear about this on every news channel slanted toward the AMERICAN made vehicles. Yet Toyota gets beat up again today! Big surprise.
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    bweatherwoman Feb 23, 2010 4:14 PM
    charged me 400 bucks to fix the sensor on my 2000 town and country only to have the dang thing go out again 6 months later, still out, cant afford to fix it
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    holusha Feb 23, 2010 3:00 PM
    Chrysler has been replacing the sensors, and wiring connectors for the past 3 years under warrantee. Anyone should go to any of the dealers that are left if they haven't had it done yet.
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