For the second day in a row, Chrysler is issuing vehicle recalls on cars, minivans and trucks that pose safety hazards to consumers.
On Tuesday, Chrysler recalled 76,000 Dodge Rams because of a faulty brake pedal that could cause a car accident.
Today, nearly 367,000 2008 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans are being recalled because their passenger side air bag could deploy even without being in a car accident.
Chrysler told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that a water leak from an improperly assembled air conditioning drain could allow water to leak on the carpet and inadvertently cause airbag deployments. The automaker said “it knew of the leak early in 2008 and that ‘over time’ it had reports of ‘some inadvertent air bag deployments.’” Chrysler was later able to connect the airbag problem to the water leak, according to news reports.
As a Los Angles personal injury lawyer, I’m happy to hear that Chrysler issued these recalls before any reports of personal injuries occurred. However, the large extent of these recalls might be a warning sign for the company to change something in their manufacturing process to ensure these safety concerns don’t occur in the future.