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240,000 Chrysler minivans recalled

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Nov 02, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Chrysler Group is voluntarily recalling 240,000 2001-2002 model year minivans to fix a problem that could short-circuit the radio possibly causing a fire.

The recall affects only Dodge Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans equipped with the vehicle's base radio, Chrysler said.

Water can seep into the radio causing a short-circuit that potentially can set the speaker on fire. The problem has cropped up in minivans that have been operated in high humidity and high temperature conditions for extended periods of time.

Owners will be mailed recall notices in January instructing them where to take their vehicles for free repairs. Chrysler dealers will install material on the top of the radio to prevent water intrustion.

The recall affects 239,134 minivans in the United States, 23,600 in Canada and 8,830 in Mexico. No vehicles built at Chrysler's assembly plant in Graz, Austria, are included in the recall.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.


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