Two recalls affecting Chrysler, Volkswagen announced today


Two automakers have announced recalls today that affect Canadian operations.

The largest recall concerns Chrysler Group LLC, which says issues surrounding improperly installed HVAC hose grommets that could cause improper airbag deployment have forced a recall of over 367,000 vehicles.

The recall affects certain 2008 Chrysler Town & Country and 2008 Dodge Caravan and Grand Caravan minivans for inspection and replacement as necessary of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) drain hose grommets.

“Some vehicles may have an improperly installed HVAC hose grommet that could cause moisture to collect on the floor and damage the airbag deployment module,” the company said in a release today.

Chrysler says it is not aware of any accidents or fatalities resulting from this issue.

Approximately 367,350 vehicles are affected.

This is the second recall announced today comes from Volkswagen Canada, which reports 37,000 vehicles need to be recalled because of a problem with the windshield wiper that could lead to a fire.

Volkswagen’s recall affects 2007 to 2009 model year Golf, Jetta, Jetta
Sportwagen, Rabbit and 2006 to 2010 Beetle and Beetle convertibles.

A spokesman for the company says a plastic tab on the bottom of the
windshield wiper fluid tank can chafe against a fuel line, potentially causing a hole which could led to a fire.

There are no known incidents.