NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 1988 Dodge Caravan

The Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) is an office within the NHTSA which investigates serious safety problems in the design, construction or performance of vehicles. The NHTSA is authorized to order manufacturers to recall and repair vehicles, if the ODI finds a safety issue. NHTSA investigations for the 1988 Dodge Caravan, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. INVESTIGATION: UNDERDASH FIRES

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE89170

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: September 26, 1989
    • Date Closed: February 23, 1990
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Engine And Engine Cooling:Engine:Gasoline

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

  2. INVESTIGATION: REAR WIPER SWITCH/FIRES

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE91062

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: March 19, 1991
    • Date Closed: July 31, 1991
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Equipment

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

  3. INVESTIGATION: SPARE TIRE CARRIER FAILS

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA90030

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: May 31, 1990
    • Date Closed: September 24, 1990
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Equipment

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

  4. INVESTIGATION: SPARE TIRE CARRIER FAILURE

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE90030

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: January 09, 1990
    • Date Closed: May 31, 1990
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Equipment

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

  5. INVESTIGATION: UNDERDASH FIRES

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA90011

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: February 23, 1990
    • Date Closed: February 28, 1991
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Exterior Lighting

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

  6. INVESTIGATION: TRANS PARK SYSTEM FAILURE

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA91010

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: December 10, 1990
    • Date Closed: December 31, 1991
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Power Train

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

  7. INVESTIGATION: LIFTGATE LATCHES

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA94005

    Component(s): Structure

    Summary: Liftgate latches in the subject vehicles have failed in low and moderate speed impacts resulting in occupant ejections, injuries, and fatalities.there are two failure modes associated with latch failure: Fork bolt-detent lever bypass, and inertial unlatching.NHTSA analyses of Chrysler and peer minivans took the form of static and dynamic crash testing, engineering evaluations, complaint and field analyses, and real world data analyses.a technical report discussing these analyses can be found in the engineering analysis technical report in the public viewing file.Chrysler has advised NHTSA that it will conduct a campaign to replace the latches on all the subject vehicles.the Chrysler campaign will consist of notification letters to all owners; free replacement of all latches with stronger, safer latches regardless of the age of the minivans; national advertising to promote customer awareness of the campaign; quarterly reports regarding campaign completion rates; as well as additional measures to ensure a high completion rate, above and beyond the actions that normally would be taken in a formal safety recall.these include follow up written and telephonic notifications to owners who do not bring their vehicles in for corrective action.NHTSA firmly believes that the crash performance of the latches on these minivans raises serious safety concerns, and that the campaign addresses these concerns.the Chrysler corrective action will increase the strength of the liftgate latches and decrease the potential for inertial unlatching, thereby reducing the risk of crash-related openings of the liftgate and possible occupant ejection through the liftgate opening.owners of Chrysler minivans will get a stronger, safer latch free of charge at the earliest possible time, without the need for further technical investigation and complex and time-consuming litigation with an uncertain outcome.based on the above, ODI is closing this investigation.

  8. INVESTIGATION: REAR SEAT STRUCTURE FAILS

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE90079

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: May 07, 1990
    • Date Closed: October 02, 1990
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Visibility:Defroster/Defogger System

    Summary: ===

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