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NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 2001 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 2001 Dodge Caravan, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. INVESTIGATION: HEADLIGHT MALFUNCTION

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA05009

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: June 01, 2005
    • Date Closed: May 02, 2006
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Electrical System
    Exterior Lighting:Headlights
    Exterior Lighting:Headlights:Switch

    Summary: Owner reports indicate allegations of improper headlight operation of one or both headlights.some report intermittent outage or dimming.many report that the condition is random; it sometimes does not repeat and lasts for a very short duration. A safety-related defect has not been identified at this time and further use of Agency resources does not appear to be warranted.accordingly, this investigation is closed.the closing of this investigation does not constitute a finding by NHTSA that a safety-related defect does not exist.the Agency will monitor this issue and reserves the right to take further action if warranted by the circumstances.see summary report for additional information.

  2. INVESTIGATION: HEADLIGHT MALFUNCTION

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE05004

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: February 02, 2005
    • Date Closed: June 01, 2005
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Electrical System
    Exterior Lighting:Headlights
    Exterior Lighting:Headlights:Switch

    Summary: The Office Of Defects Investigation (ODI) opened this investigation after receiving reports from consumers that their headlights would malfunction in various ways from flickering to complete non-illumination.headlight operation is monitored by the vehicle's body control module (BCM) and front control module (FCM).ODI is upgrading this preliminary evaluation to an engineering analysis (EA05-009) to further examine the issue.

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