Chrysler Recalls 400,000 Minivans With Corroded Airbag Sensors

Chrysler is recalling 400,000 Dodge Caravans and Chrysler Town & Country minivans over concerns that road salt may corrode sensors, preventing air bags from properly deploying. Chrysler told the government, “brass brushings on the sensors could corrode and crack on the front air bags, allowing water to enter the sensor and causing it to fail.” Were that to happen, the air bag warning light would illuminate, meaning you should try really hard not to crash.

The recall affects 2005 model-year vehicles sold or registered in the District of Columbia and the following twenty-seven states…


Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kentucky, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Nebraska, Kansas and Alaska.

If you think your vehicle may be affected, call DaimlerChrysler at (800) 853-1403. — CAREY GREENBERG-BERGER

Chrysler Group to recall minivans to fix air bags [Chicago Sun Times]
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  1. VA_White says:

    I’m pretty sure that should say “brass bushings” and not brushings.

    Also another one of a million reasons not to buy a crappy American car.

  2. DieBretter says:

    @VA_White

    Nevermind the fact that it’s DaimlerChrysler with headquarters in Germany, run by Germans, using German engineered parts (maybe not for the mini-van, but for their cars and SUVs). But what the hell, it’s an American car.

  3. Guess what??? Give up??? Almost all the air bag inflators in “crappy American cars” are the same as the ones in the Toyota, Honda, Nissan, all the offshoots from those makers and most European models. Two major suppliers produce 90% of the worlds inflators and the number two supplier buys 500,000 units a year from the number one. And, they are brushings, they also double as shorting clips when the inflator is in transport or simply disconnected from the firing circuit preventing an unwanted discharge.

    Plus; if drivers in general knew exactly what happens during air bag deployment the advice about wearing a seatbelt and sitting as far back from the dash as is safe. If you’ve ever been hit in the face with one of these you know exactly what I mean.