Volkswagen, Chrysler Canada recall 87,000 cars due to wiper fluid, airbag issues

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Two major automakers have issued recalls to deal with faulty parts in some of their vehicles.

Both Volkswagen and Chrysler made announcements Wednesday that potential problems had caused them to begin the recall, which covers a combined total of 87,000 vehicles in Canada

Chrysler Canada issued a voluntary recall Wednesday of more than 50,000 minivans because of a problem that can cause the airbag to accidentally deploy.

The automaker said the recall covers Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country 2008 models.

Chrysler said it will inspect and replace heating, ventilation and air conditioning drain hose parts that may have been improperly installed on some vehicles.

The issue could cause moisture to collect on the floor and damage the airbag deployment module, but Chrysler said it is not aware of any crashes caused by the issue.

The Canadian recall is part of a larger U.S. recall of more than 360,000 vans.

Meanwhile, Volkswagen Canada recalled about 37,000 vehicles due to a potential problem with the windshield wiper fluid tank that could lead to a fire.

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

Company spokesman Thomas Tetzlaff said 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.

“The repair is quite simple, because that tab is not used for anything, it’s just part of the moulding process of the plastic jug that holds the washer fluid,” he said.

“We’re going to remove that fluid jug, snip off that tab, check the fuel line and we’ll be done with it.”

He said there are no known incidents in which a fire has actually occurred.

The company will mail letters to car owners in January, but drivers can call their dealership if they have questions before receiving it.

Organizations: Volkswagen

Geographic location: Canada, U.S.

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  • bury them
    December 16, 2010 - 07:17

    Can't wait to see the government pursue these companies & attempt to 'bring them to justice' as they did with Toyota. Anything less would be completely unfair..