November 1, 2004 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

  • 2001-2002 Dodge Caravan, Chrysler Town & Country Minivans

  • 2005 Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Stratus Sedans

Chrysler Group will voluntarily recall approximately 240,000 minivans from the 2001-2002 model years to address a potential issue with water intrusion into the radio that could trigger a short circuit and potentially result in a speaker fire. Investigation has shown that vehicles operated for extended periods of time in conditions of high humidity and high temperature may be susceptible.

The recall only affects vehicles equipped with the base radio. Under this action, material will be added to the top of the radio to prevent water intrusion. All repairs will be made at no cost to customers.

Chrysler Group is undertaking this voluntary action to ensure that our vehicles perform as intended and that our customers continue to be satisfied with the performance of their vehicles. Owner notification will begin in January 2005.

The vehicle population affected by the recall includes:

  • 239,134 units registered in the United States
  • 23,600 in Canada
  • 8,830 in Mexico
  • 223 vehicles built for export to other markets, including Europe.

Minivans built in Graz, Austria, are not affected by this action.

In a separate action, Chrysler Group will recall approximately 11,100 Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Stratus sedans from the 2005 model year to ensure that the bolts that attach the left and right rear-passenger safety beltretractors and turning loops are properly installed. The issue was identified during an internal audit. No customer complaints have been reported.

Under the recall, the bolts attaching the rear safety belts will be tightened. There will be no cost to the customer. Owner notification is scheduled to begin in November 2004.