NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 1995 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 1995 Dodge Caravan, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. DEFECTIVE AIR BAG CRASH SENSOR NHTSA Defect Investigation #DP96014

    • Status:
      OPEN
    • Date Opened: November 14, 1996
    • Date Closed: Pending
    • Recall: possible recall

    Component(s): Air Bags:Frontal:Sensor/Control Module

    Summary: CFAS sent a follow-up letter on December 12, 1996, to change the intent of the petition to "airbag aggressivity and deployment variability."NHTSA received the letter on 12/12/96; accordingly, the petition due day was changed to April 12, 1997.CFAS petitioned the Agency to conduct an investigation to determine whether the "airbag crash sensor and/or deployment systems" for the 1991-92 Chevrolet Corsica/Beretta, 1990-92 Ford Taurus, and 1994-96 Chrysler minivans are defective.CFAS allege that "information on low speed crashes here occupants have suffered fatal injuries suggests [that the above vehicles] have defective airbag crash sensor and/or deployment systems."

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #DP96014 »

  2. INTEGRATED CHILD SEAT BELT LOCKUP NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA97003

    Component(s): Child Seat

    Summary: This investigation is closed.Chrysler corporation has submitted a defect information report identifying a safety defect and outlining the proposed remedy.recall number 98V-185 has been assigned to this safety recall.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #EA97003 »

  3. SAFETY BLT LATCH OPERATION NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE96008

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: January 25, 1996
    • Date Closed: June 28, 1996
    • Recall: no recall issued

    Component(s): Seat Belts

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #PE96008 »

  4. INTEGRATED CHILD SEAT BELT LOCKUP NHTSA Defect Investigation #SQ96016

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: September 18, 1996
    • Date Closed: February 04, 1997
    • Recall: no recall issued

    Component(s): Seat Belts:Integrated Child Seat

    Summary: ODI continues to receive complaints alleging latching/retractor mechanism problems.Chrysler's assessment of the problem indicates that owners of the vehicles are not adhering to the cleaning requirements for the seat.the seat appears to malfunction if crumbs of food or beverage residue accumulates on the latching tongue in the"well" located between the child's legs.ODI has 19 complaints of retract lockup.seven of these complaints report cutting the straps to remove the child.two of the seven consumers allege the child was choking.Chrysler reports 60 owner/field reports which indicated 19 harnesses were cut to remove the children.additional information is needed to fully assess the safety consequence of the alleged defect and to evaluate the Chrysler corporation's rational for not conducting a safety recall campaign.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #SQ96016 »

  5. STEERING COLUMN SEPARATION NHTSA Defect Investigation #DP03002

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: May 07, 2003
    • Date Closed: July 22, 2003
    • Recall: no recall issued

    Component(s): Steering:Column

    Summary: Mr. Larry a. sackey submitted a petition to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) by letter dated April 18, 2003, requesting that nhtsafurther investigate the "defective collapsible steering shaft system" on 1987-1995 vehicles manufactured by the DaimlerChrysler corporation.in part because of 49 cfr 30120(G), NHTSA has decided to limit the scope of the petition vehicles to 1993-1995 models, excluding the 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 1994-1995 Dodge Ram series trucks that were recalled (93V210 & 96V230) for steering column failure.if the analysis of these vehicles had identified a potential problem, the scope could have been expanded in an investigation.a review of ODI's data base shows no recent complaints and a lack of a complaint trend concerning the subject issue on the subject vehicles as a whole or by individual models.therefore, the petition is denied.for details, see federal register notice volume 68, no. 130, July 8, 2003.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #DP03002 »

  6. AIR BAG CIRCUIT/WINDSHIELD WIPER MOTOR NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE97049

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: November 18, 1997
    • Date Closed: March 17, 1998
    • Recall: no recall issued

    Component(s): Visibility

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #PE97049 »

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