Chrysler, VW recall nearly 600,000 vehicles

By Associated Press
Posted Dec. 15, 2010 at 11:24 a.m.

Chrysler and Volkswagen announced large recalls Wednesday to address potential accidental air-bag deployments and possible fuel leaks.

Chrysler Group LLC said it was recalling more than 367,000 minivans to address potential accidental air-bag deployments in 2008  Chrysler Town and Countrys and Dodge Grand Caravans.

The automaker said water could leak near the heating and air conditioner drain and possibly cause the air bag warning light to go off and deploy the air bag.

Chrysler spokesman Vince Muniga said the automaker was aware of 30 complaints of inadvertent air-bag deploying and five injuries since February 2008.

Volkswagen of America is recalling more than 228,000 vehicles, including 2007-2009  Golf, Jetta, Jetta Sportwagen, Rabbit and 2006-2010 Beetle cars.

VW says on all recalled vehicles except the Beetle, a small plastic tab in the windshield wiper fluid reservoir could rub against a fuel supply line under the hood. A fuel leak could develop and lead to fires.

On Beetles under recall, a fastening clamp on the hydraulic hose of the power steering system could be in the wrong place and rub against a fuel supply line, also potentially leading to a fuel leak and a fire.

VW spokesman Kerry Christopher said there had been no reports of fires, crashes or injuries.

Chrysler’s recall is expected to begin in February, and dealers will replace the drain ring free.  Volkswagen is beginning its recall in late January, and dealers will remove the plastic tab or inspect the position of the clamp and adjust it free of charge.

Owners can contact Chrysler at 800-853-1403 and Volkswagen at 800-822-8987.

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