Chrysler Recalls 645,000 Minivans Because Enjoying The Breeze Shouldn’t Include A Fire

Driving down the highway with the windows down, wind in your hair sounds pretty relaxing. But if you’re the owner of a Chrysler minivan that drive might need to wait.

Chrysler issued a recall for 645,000 model year 2010-2014 Town and Country and Dodge Grand Caravans with power third-row windows, The Los Angeles Times reports.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports [PDF] the company found a short circuit could be caused when liquid, such as rain, snow or car washing residue, is spilled or comes in contact with the window switch on the driver’s door. If a short happens the switch could overheat and cause a fire.

The issue was found in 2012 when Chrysler Regulatory Affairs identified six 2010 and one 2011 model minivans with melted vent switches, according to paperwork [PDF] the company submitted to NHTSA. Upon further investigation the company determined the cause and created a fix.

Officials with Chrysler say there have been no injuries or accidents reported associated with the recall.

Owners of affected vehicles will be notified beginning in June and dealers will replace the vent switch with a newer version free of charge. If you simply can’t wait to hear from the company, customers can visit their dealers after May 14 to have the issue fixed.

Chrysler Group recalling 645,000 minivans for fire risk [Los Angeles Times]

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