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NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 1997 Dodge Grand 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 1997 Dodge Grand Caravan, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. 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.

  2. INVESTIGATION: AIR BAG CLOCKSPRING

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA01007

    Component(s): Electrical System

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

  3. 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:

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. INVESTIGATION: DC MINIVAN FUEL INJECTOR RAIL LEAK

    NHTSA Defect Investigation #RQ00008

    Component(s): Vehicle Speed Control:Linkages

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

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