Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: What the heck happened here? A year after getting our "seal of pretty good" for the 2004, Chrysler turns around and delivers this crapwagon.

This minivan has problems ranging from rack and pinion steering failure to door locks that won't let you out. And trust me, you'll want to get out.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,797 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2005 Chrysler Town & Country Owner Comments

problem #14

Jul 112013

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 135,375 miles


Problem: I bought a new Dodge Caravan in 2005, had a flat tire, and there was not a spare tire underneath the van. I had never had a flat tire on this van, so why was there not a spare tire or spare tire cover underneath my car?) I had to literally get down on my hands and knees using a cellphone light to see underneath the driver's side of the car to determine why the spare would not lease. We had never had a flat in this van before and we bought it new at hayes Chrysler in oakwood, Georgia in 2005. The reason I could no get the spare tire to release was because I finally discovered, there was no spare tire nor tire cover in the spare tire storage compartment underneath my van. My son and I were stranded at approximately 11:00 pm at night on the side of I78 near fulton, Ms. Not only did I, a wife and mom, have to figure out what to do, but had to keep my son calm. He was unsure about safety. Later, when I contacted the dealership, they offered no help. After I first described the events that had taken place with my having a flat and no spare tire, the hayes Chrysler employee said, "that tire was stolen!" I replied, "exactly and we get our car serviced at your dealership so check your records and see who worked on my van." Needless to say, after checking with a manager the dealership simply said that they had performed an inspection on the car when the car was bought (inferring that a spare was on the car). To replace the spare tire and tire cover the dealership was going to charge me approximately $180. I contacted a auto salvage store and they verified that they had many complaints (not necessarily because of this dealership or for the same reasons) of people needing a spare tire and offered to sell me the doughnut sized spare tire and its cover for $50. I never thought to check underneath my new car to see if there was a spare tire. Lesson learned.

- Flowery Branch, GA, USA

problem #13

Sep 252013

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 114,330 miles
The TPMS warning light goes off every week telling me one of my tires is low. It is not just one tire. 3 of them seem to be losing air from the valve stem and I have to refill them every week. It seems the stem is made of aluminum and corrodes easily. They become brittle and can break even from washing the car or just checking the air pressure according to T&C owners.

- Springfield, VA, USA

problem #12

Aug 272011

Town & Country

  • miles
Purchased douglas xtra track II tires at wal-mart in August 2011. One week to the day later with less than 100 miles on the tires one blew out. Complete failure ripped the middle tread blew apart. My daughter with a learners permit was driving and thankfully at a slow speed of about 40 mph. Returned the car to wal-mart. They did not warranty the tire but did replace it under the road hazard warranty I had purchased. Two of the remaining tires had significant creases on the side walls. The mgr. Said that is normal where the tire is put together. All 3 tires were low (1 week after install no off road). They aired them up and replaced the blew tire and I had to pay for the road hazard warranty on the new tire. The tires bounce, they lose air constantly, I air them up weekly. I have asked repeatedly about the wedges in the side walls which are getting worse. I am told it is normal and I may want to purchase new tires for a smoother ride (bounce). They re-balance as often as my road warranty allows and that improves bouncing usually for about 10 days. I have talked to several people who have similar problems with this tire purchased at wal-mart. On your site I see at least 17 complaints about this tire but no investigations. I guess that speaks to who wal-mart has in their pocket. These tires are an accident waiting to happen and I am sure they have caused some. According to wal-mart the separation of treads are a road hazard so I am sure accidents are chalked up to bad roads, not bad tires. I mean wal-mart says it so no investigations are completed. I am a certified safety professional and certified hazard control manager, so who am I to argue with a wal-mart tire manager?

- Alamogordo , NM, USA

problem #11

Apr 302012

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 133,000 miles


Michelin hydro edge dot B9odhaex radial xse 215/65 R16 98T sold by sears, installed by sears, like new tire exploded nearly causing an accident. They say it was either of two reasons a nail or tire sensor was loose. There was no nail in tire. I called them on it and took pictures so they are now blaming the sensor. They can't keep their story straight. They installed the tires and they refuse to accept replacement responsibility for the tire and expect me to pay $130 to replace it. They say I must have refused $60 charge for sensor adjustment even though when I took my car to them I had the vehicle aligned and bought top of the line tires. Why would I refuse a $60 charge to adjust sensors if by not doing so could make the tires explode" I have done nothing wrong. These tires were extremely well maintained because I am a bounty hunter and travel across the country capturing fugitives. I check the air on my tires in different weather conditions and in different altitudes. My tires are my legs, I explained this to them. The last thing I need is to be stranded in the AZ desert with a flat. I have been without my van for two days unable to work because sears, northridge, ca is trying to decide who is responsible for this. It's not me. I would also like to know why sears does not think it's their job to explain to people that not having the sensors adjusted can cause death or injury. Their excuse was only that they couldn't force people to buy the $60 service when I asked them why they don't tell people. I also asked them how many people do they think know that not adjusting the tire sensors can cause them to explode they replied very few. They know it's dangerous but they don't care" something is extremely wrong here. I couldn't find any info on the receipt about the sensor adjustment but I also couldn't find what kind of tire I bought on the receipt either. I had to check on the vehicle.

- Northridge, CA, USA

problem #10

Sep 012011

Town & Country

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2005 Chrysler Town & Country. Consumer writes to express discontent with toyo touring tires the consumer stated in Jan 2011, he purchased two toyo tires from his local tire dealer. However, one of the tires suffered a severe blow out. The tire was replaced. However, the replacement tire suffered tread separation and blew out. The consumer replaced the tire with another brand. While driving for the third time, the last toyo tire blew out, which caused the consumer to run off the road and into a ditch. The consumer suffered a lower back injury. The consumer stated the two tires he originally purchased and the replacement tire had tread separation and blew out.

- Naples, FL, USA

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problem #9

Sep 212010

Town & Country

  • 103,000 miles
I bought a used 2005 Chrysler minivan Town & Country and yesterday I was nearly killed by a tire explosion that nearly caused a rear end collision on the la freeway. It was a Firestone FR690. No tread wear at all. When I called Firestone to see if they had been recalled I was told no. When I got back to the house I googled and found that indeed they have been but only the FR690 215-65-15's not the 16's that I have on my van. The description of what happens to the 15's and the sound it makes when coming apart is identical to what happened to me. I need to report this as I have to replace all four tires now on this van at a cost of almost $600 for new tires when the tires on there are new.

- Northridge, CA, USA

problem #8

Apr 062010

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 148,290 miles


My family and I experience a near fatal accident when a douglas/Goodyear xtra trac tire literally exploded off of the rim of our car. The result was there was nothing left of the tire except for a very small piece of rubber on either side of the rim. (ihave pictures of the blown tire). I returned to walmart where I purchased this tire. At first the store looked at what was left of the tire and said they couldn't do anything. Then when I informed them that I purchased this tire from them at that store, a salesperson chuckled and remarked was it an xtra trac tire I said yes. Another mechanic looked at it and said they would sell me another xtra trac tire. I declined the offer and took by business elsewhere. This was the third tire (douglas/Goodyear tire) that blew. In each previous instance the tire shredded. In this instance the tire exploded. In each instance the tire had not reached the warranted mileage that the tire was suppose to be good for. What is disturbing is that walmart is still selling this defective tire to the general public with this known defect.

- Suwanee, GA, USA

problem #7

Nov 092009

Town & Country

  • 36,000 miles
When attempting to change a tire on my 2005 Chrysler Town & Country I dropped the tire from under the body of the car as designed. Reaching under the vehicle from the passenger side I put my hand over the top of the tire and pulled it toward me. My hand became wedged between the tire and the exhaust pipe resulting in second degree burns to the top of my hand.

- Midland , MI, USA

problem #6

Aug 182008

Town & Country

  • 65,565 miles
The vehicle involved is a 2005 Chrysler Town & Country LX minivan with stow-N-go seating. After repairing a flat tire, the spare tire hanger jammed, causing the tire to appear in place but actually loose. The hanger is a winch with a wire rope that retracts to hang the tire under the mid-section of the van. The wire rope spooled unevenly, jamming against the housing. No accident occurred, but there is high potential for harm to other drivers if the tire were to fall to the roadway.

- Morenci, AZ, USA

problem #5

Jul 292008

Town & Country

  • 51,100 miles
I had a flat tire today and the tow truck driver could not remove the spare, located under my car. I was amazed at the poor design of this spare tire. Who puts it under the car"?? the tow truck driver had to eventually give up and temporarily patch my tire so I could get home. My concern is what if I were in the middle of nowhere and not remotely close to my home and this happened" something needs to be done with this spare tire and its location. The tow truck driver said this happens with this car (and others who put the spare under the car) all the time and there was nothing more he could do to fix the situation but to charge me a fee of $25 to plug my tire. This makes the spare tire useless to me and that concerns me.

- Stafford Springs, CT, USA

problem #4

Apr 302008

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 34,500 miles


2005 Chrysler Town & Country van was serviced for scheduled lube, oil, oil filter and air filter replacement at a Chrysler dealership. A Chrysler service rep. Approached me in their waiting room to inform me that the oil, oil filter and air filter service has been completed but there are additional items that needed to be addressed. Additional services needed include: Tire rotation, wiper blades replaced, front brakes, sway bar links and power steering rack replacement. This vehicle was purchased new and has only driven 34,500 miles. The Chrysler service rep. Explained it all as best he could. The cold weather has caused the power steering rack failure to occur. The brakes are needed because the front brakes wear out first. No mention of the tire rotation, but; the sway bar links are noisy when driving the vehicle onto the lift in the service bay. The tires on this vehicle are Goodyear integrity all season tires rated for 50,000 miles of tread life. The rear tires (after rotation) are worn excessively and approaching an unsafe tread wear pattern. The front steering components are failing and are causing this wear. The tires have been rotated as recommended by Chrysler. The power steering rack is defective and the front brakes are insufficient. This vehicle drives 5 days a week on 45 - 65 mph. Paved roads.

- South Berwick, ME, USA

problem #3

Dec 162006

Town & Country

  • miles
Have owned a 2005 Chrysler T&C for 7 months since May 2006 and the Bridgestone turanza EL42 tires have experienced abnormal outside edge tire wear as well as severe abnormal vibration when accelerating. Vibration is felt in gas pedal, seat and steering wheel. Had tires rotated/balanced/alignment check and 5 separate service garages look at vibration issue but no solution. Chrysler dealer told me back in July 2006 they did not feel the vibration but every other person that has driven vehicle feels the abnormal vibration and this is a serious safety issue. Tires also have had "indentations/lines" in all tires since I bought the vehicle new with less than 200 miles on it. I now have 8,200 miles on vehicle and am concerned about reports of dozens of other complaints about tire failure/blow out as valid registered complaints. I would like to replace these tires with another brand but not at my expense since it should be a tire manufacturer safety issue. Tire size is 215/65R16 even though the pull down box did not let me select my correct size.

- Warner Robins, GA, USA

problem #2

Jan 282006

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
On January 28,2006 was driving from san antonio to houston tx during a mild rain as the rain became heavier my vehicle started to hydroplaning. I pulled to the outside lane and drove under 50 mph; after driving about 60 miles the rain quit and as the road dried out I was able to proceed on the houston. When I found a tire place opened I stopped to see if they could give me any feed back on why my car would hydroplane. I was told I had good tread but the outside shoulders of the tires were closed and would not let the access water out so that I was driving on water and had no traction on the road. It wasn't even a heavy rain I was driving in if it had of been a sudden hard rain how may cars would have wound up in an accident. My tires are Goodyear integrity listed on my vehicle label as BSW all season tires. Checking with one Chrysler dealer about the tires I was informed I needed to get with the dealer I purchased the vehicle from. I spoke with the service department of ancira motor co and was told I needed to take my tire warranty with me to Goodyear which I did and they tested the tires and said there was no defects and even though there were no groves in the should of the tires for the water to leave the center of the tire that it just meant that the water moved from the center more slowly than other tires not that they were not all season tires. The manager gave me the number for Goodyear's customer service so I will call them Monday. Tires that are not safe for any driving weather should not be sold as if they are. After leaving Goodyear I drove over to ancira and spoke with the service manager larry said that he could tell me how to go on the internet and see how the tires on my car was rated but said they could not give that type of information when you are purchasing a vehicle.

- Bulverde, TX, USA

problem #1

Sep 302005

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
The consumer stated vehicle had two separate blow outs on new original equipment tires. The right rear tire exploded without any road hazard or prior problems. The spare tire was located underneath the vehicle and there was some difficulty in retrieving the spare due to its location, ultimately resulting in an injury to the contact's arm by the exhaust. She drove the vehicle on a spare to a truck repair shop. The repair shop could not determine why this problem occurred. About a week later a second blowout occurred while on the highway with the left rear tire. She noted there was a dusty powdery residue in each of the tires after the blowout. The spare was again used until she was able to purchase another tire. The tire is a Bridgestone transmission with a tire line size P215/65/R16. Updated 1129/05.

- Leesburg, FL, USA

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