NHTSA: 5 Million Chrysler Vehicles Under Scrutiny for Stalling Problem

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Earlier this month, Cars.com reported that Chrysler was recalling nearly 190,000 model-year 2011 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs due to a problem with the Totally Integrated Power Module that could cause the vehicles to stall suddenly. Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that it will formally review millions more Chrysler SUVs, pickup trucks and minivans starting with the 2007 model year due to complaints of problems associated with the same module. An Aug. 21 letter from advocacy group the Center for Auto Safety initiated the review, informing NHTSA of 63 complaints pertaining to problems allegedly caused by the module.

Recall Alert: 2011 Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee

"The CAS alleges that TIPM failures have resulted in incidents of engine stall; airbag non-deployment; random horn, headlight, taillight, door lock, instrument panel and windshield wiper activity; failure of fuel pump shutoff resulting in unintended acceleration; and fires," NHTSA said in a statement, also noting that the CAS petition also references a class-action lawsuit that has been filed regarding the alleged module failure.

By Matt Schmitz | September 29, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Chrysler Town and Country: Explaining the Trim Levels

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Busy families know there's no more functional family hauler than the iconic minivan. The Chrysler Town & Country has been a heavyweight in the segment since I used to rollerblade home after school to catch the latest "Full House" episode.

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For today's discerning consumer, the Town & Country adds two new trim levels (the LX and the Limited Platinum), bringing the total lineup for the 2015 model year to six trims. That should assure there's a Town & Country to fit every family and every family's budget, but it also adds some confusion to the shopping process.

The 2014s are still currently on sale alongside 2015s. There are nearly 9,000 new 2014s in Cars.com's national inventory and approximately 5,700 2015 models.

By Kristin Varela | September 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2009-10 Dodge Journey, 2008-2010 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 438,000 model-year 2009-10 Dodge Journey crossovers manufactured between June 29, 2007, and June 17, 2010, as well as model-year 2008-10 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans manufactured between Jan. 26, 2007, and June 17, 2010

The Problem: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reporting that a road condition that could jar the vehicle may cause the ignition switch to move out of the Run position, turning off the engine and disabling safety systems like airbags, power steering and power braking. This is an expansion of a previous recall, and Chrysler said the issue has been linked to two rear-end collisions.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the ignition switch for free. NHTSA is cautioning owners to remove all items from their key rings, leaving only the ignition key.

What Owners Should Do: Chrysler has not yet announced an owner notification schedule. Owners can call Chrysler at 800-853-1403 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Jennifer Geiger | July 1, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2010-2014 Chrysler Town and Country, Dodge Grand Caravan

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Vehicles Affected: About 644,850 model-year 2010-2014 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans manufactured between Aug. 25, 2010, and Oct. 31, 2013

The Problem: The vehicles' vent window switch in the driver's door armrest may overheat, possibly resulting in a fire.

The Fix: Chrysler will notify owners starting in June, and dealers will replace the vent window switch with a newer version for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chrysler at 800-853-1403 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or visit www.safercar.gov, for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | May 12, 2014 | Comments (0)

Do You Need an All-Wheel Drive Minivan?

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The main mission of a minivan is to haul people, more so than even the more popular SUVs that account for more than 30 percent of new-vehicle sales.

Yet, whereas more than half of SUVs are equipped with all- or four-wheel drive, Toyota stands alone among minivan manufacturers in offering all-wheel drive, which is installed on about 17 percent of Siennas sold in the U.S. In contrast, about 60 percent of Toyota Highlander SUVs are equipped with all-wheel drive.

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That percentage apparently is enough to satisfy the bean counters at Toyota, which has the all-wheel-drive minivan niche all to itself; the Sienna's main rivals seem to be in no hurry to try to crash that party.

By Rick Popely | February 5, 2014 | Comments (13)

Which Cars Fit Three Car Seats?

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Parents are often searching for the automotive holy grail: a car that's not a minivan and can fit three child-safety seats across the backseat. It's a short list.

In the more than three years that Cars.com editors have been installing car seats into test vehicles, we've come across several vehicles that can hold three car seats across a backseat.

The newest vehicle to make our list is the 2014 Honda Odyssey. The minivan has loads of room and plenty of accessible Latch anchors.

As we come across more cars that fit three child-safety seats, we'll add to this list. For now, here are the cars from our Car Seat Checks that can fit three car seats in the second row:

By Jennifer Newman | October 15, 2013 | Comments (100)

Which New Cars Have Under-Floor Storage?

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By Rick Popely | September 14, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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Once again there are scant changes to our list of most-read reviews: The 2013 Toyota RAV4 is still at No. 1, followed by the 2013 Chrysler Town & Country and the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, respectively. The lone newcomer to the roster this week was the 2014 Acura RLX. The luxury midsize/full-size sedan that so confounded Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder makes its list debut at No. 4. Here's what else was popular:

1. 2013 Toyota RAV4
2. 2013 Chrysler Town & Country
3. 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

4. 2014 Acura RLX
5. 2014 Subaru Forester
6. 2013 BMW 3 Series

7. 2014 Acura MDX
8. 2013 Ford Escape
9. 2013 Nissan Altima
10. 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

By Matt Schmitz | July 7, 2013 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 712,000 Chrysler Vehicles

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Chrysler is voluntarily recalling an estimated 712,084 vehicles in four separate actions due to problems with various safety features, the automaker announced this week. It's more bad news for the automaker after its decision last month — following a recall request by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration — to inspect and repair 2.7 million Jeep SUVs due to a fuel-system problem that could lead to fires.

The largest of the new recalls affects 442,000 model-year 2011-13 Chrysler Sebring, Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger sedans, as well as 2011-13 Jeep Liberty SUVs and 2011-12 Dodge Nitro SUVs. The active head restraint function, designed to mitigate neck injuries by automatically moving forward during rear-impact collisions, may contain faulty microcontrollers that could prevent the system from functioning properly. Chrysler said it is unaware of any related injuries or accidents.

By Matt Schmitz | July 5, 2013 | Comments (3)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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Not only did the No. 1 placeholder go unchanged on this week's list of most-read reviews — that, of course, belongs to long-term top-spot tenant the 2013 Toyota RAV4 — but the entire top six slots were identical to the previous week. In fact, the only thing substantially different this week was the return of the 2013 Nissan Altima at No. 7 after it dropped out of sight for a week. Here's what else was popular:

1. 2013 Toyota RAV4
2. 2013 Chrysler Town & Country
3. 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
4. 2014 Subaru Forester

5. 2014 Acura MDX
6. 2013 Ford Escape
7. 2013 Nissan Altima

8. 2013 BMW 3 Series
9. 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
10. 2013 Honda Accord
By Matt Schmitz | June 30, 2013 | Comments (0)

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