Dodge Minivans Recalled Because Rear Seats and Seatbelts May Fail in a Crash

Keith Barry

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Dodge is recalling over 30,000 minivans because their second- and third-row seats may become loose in a crash, which could lead to serious injury or death.

These seats are supposed to fit securely onto a metal part called a seat striker, which is welded to the floor of the vehicle. However, some of these strikers were improperly welded. As a result, the seats can become loose in a crash, seats may not withstand crash forces, and seat belts may not be able to properly restrain passengers. Even if a crash does not occur, owners of affected vehicles may notice that the second- and third-row seats feel loose.

To remedy the issue, Dodge dealers will weld a reinforcement bracket on the strikers at no charge.

The automaker says it is unaware of any crashes, injuries, or fatalities related to this recall.

The Details

Vehicles recalled: 30,354 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan minivans manufactured between April 29, 2019 and July 03, 2019.

The problem: Improperly welded seat strikers may fail in a crash. As a result, crash forces may cause second- and third-row seats to become loose, or they may not withstand the force of an impact.

The fix: Dealers will weld a reinforcement bracket onto the seat strikers, which should prevent them from failing.

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners may contact Dodge customer service at 800-853-1403.

NHTSA campaign number: 19V759. The recall is expected to begin December 13, 2019. Dodge’s own number for this recall is V91.

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: NHTSA’s website will tell you whether your vehicle has a recall that needs to be addressed.

If you plug your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) into NHTSA’s website and a recall doesn’t appear, it means your vehicle doesn’t currently have one. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly.

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