1996 Dodge Caravan

14 Defect Investigations from the NHTSA

NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 1996 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 1996 Dodge Caravan, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. INVESTIGATION: AIR BAG CLOCKSPRING

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE00032

    Component(s): Air Bags

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

  2. INVESTIGATION: DEFECTIVE AIR BAG CRASH SENSOR

    NHTSA Defect Investigation #DP96014

    • Status:
      PENDING
    • Date Opened: November 14, 1996
    • Date Closed: N/A
    • Recall: No recall yet

    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."

  3. INVESTIGATION: 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.

  4. INVESTIGATION: AIR BAG CLOCKSPRING

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA01007

    Component(s): Electrical System

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

  5. INVESTIGATION: FUEL LEAKEAGE FROM ROLLOVER VALVE

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE95053

    Component(s): Engine And Engine Cooling:Exhaust System:Emission Control

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

  6. INVESTIGATION: POST COLLISION FUEL SYSTEM

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA99013

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: June 11, 1999
    • Date Closed: August 10, 2001
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Fuel System, Gasoline:Storage:Tank Assembly:Filler Pipe And Cap

    Summary:

  7. INVESTIGATION: POST-COLLISION FUEL SYSTEM INTEGRITY

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE99010

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: February 03, 1999
    • Date Closed: June 11, 1999
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Fuel System, Gasoline:Storage:Tank Assembly:Filler Pipe And Cap

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

  8. INVESTIGATION: 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

  9. INVESTIGATION: 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.

  10. INVESTIGATION: SLIDING DOOR LATCH FAILURE

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA96025

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: October 15, 1996
    • Date Closed: July 30, 1998
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Structure

    Summary: Analysis of known incidents indicates a declining trend over the last five calendar quarters.extensive testing of incident vehicles has failed to reproduce occurrences of full latch disengagement.no failure mode which could cause a properly latched door to lose full latch engagement while driving has been verified as a causal factor in any of the known incident vehicles during this investigation.a safety-related defect trend has not been identified at this time and further use of Agency resources does not appear to be warranted.however, ODI will continue to monitor complaint input for the nexy year and will request updated reports from Chrysler during that process.the closing of this investigation does not constitute a finding by NHTSA that no safety-related defect exists.the Agency reserves the right to take further action if warranted by the circumstances.

  11. INVESTIGATION: SLIDING DOOR LATCH FAILURE

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE96038

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: May 16, 1996
    • Date Closed: October 15, 1996
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Structure

    Summary: Chrysler maintains that the common factor contributing to known sliding door opening incidents is prior incorrect dealer latch adjustment.Chrysler attributes this problem to an inaccurate service manual procedure - sliding door latch/lock control, removal and installation.Chrysler furnished information showing that six of its complaints, and two of ODI's, involved vehicles that had undergone prior repairs to the affected sliding door.Chrysler has addressed the problem by issuing two technical service bulletins.tsb 26-06-96, service manual revisions, was issued in June 1996 and includes a service revision (#81-370-6105A) correcting service manual sliding door repair procedures.tsb 23-39-96, sliding door(s) difficult to open from the outside and/or inside, was issued June 28, 1996.Chrysler identified three design changes involving the subject components: (1)sliding door latch pawl spring force increased from 5.4 newtons to 8.0 newtons in September 1995 "to enhance pawl rotation return to neutral position"; (2)adjustable sliding door hinge implemented in November 1995 "to reduce variation in sliding door fit"; and(3)sliding door striker attachment holes revised in January 1996 "to eliminate up/down adjustment of striker to improve installation process and reduce variability of alignment between latch and striker."at present, ODI is not aware of any incidents involving vehicles built in or after January 1996.ODI has continued to receive complaints of sliding doors opening while the vehicles are in motion, including vehicles with no prior service history to the affected sliding door assembly.owners allege that the doors open anywhere from a few inches to fully open, at speeds ranging from 15 to 60 mph.ODI has also received numberous complaints alleging difficulty in latching the subject sliding doors and/or difficulty in opening one or both sliding doors.

  12. INVESTIGATION: DC MINIVAN FUEL INJECTOR RAIL LEAK

    NHTSA Defect Investigation #RQ00008

    Component(s): Vehicle Speed Control:Linkages

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

  13. INVESTIGATION: FUEL TANK LEAKS

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA97002

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: January 31, 1997
    • Date Closed: February 10, 1998
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Vehicle Speed Control:Linkages

    Summary: This engineering analysis was opened on January 31, 1997 based on information gathered during preliminary evaluation (PE), PE96-051. The PE was opened on August 19, 1996, to investigate allegations of fuel leakage from the area where the fuel pump/sending unit joins the fuel tank.for brevidy, this area will be referred to as the "pump/tank interface."these allegations were first received by ODI on August 2, 1996 while investigating allegations of Chrysler minivan throttle shaft hand-up, and uncontrolled engine speed, in PE96-036.while discussing that issue with a fleet, it was alleged that at least 10(out of 40) 1996 early production Chrysler minivans leaked fuel from the pump/tank interface.analysis of the complaint and warranty data indicate fuel tank leakage incidents in the subject vehicles predominatly affected early production vehicles.the data involving confirmed incidents of tank/pump interface leaks suggest that those failures have been declining since July 1996.ODI has received no reports of the subject condition involving original equipment pumps and tanks since September, 1997.currently this isssue does not reqresent a continuing field concern.ODI will continue to monitor the subject vehicles for fuel leaks of any type.a safety related defect trend has not been identified at this time and further use of Agency resoured does not appear to be warranted.the closing of this investigation does not constitute a finding by NHTSA that no safety related defect exists.the Agency reserves the right to take further action if warranted by the circumstances.

  14. INVESTIGATION: FUEL LEAKS FROM THE GAS TANK

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE96051

    Component(s): Vehicle Speed Control:Linkages

    Summary: Analysis to date indicates that some of the subject vehiclescontinue to experience fuel leaks from the fuel tank at the "sending unit" interface.most often the leak involves the O-ring seal.

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