Minor item causes major minivan problem


By Jim Taylor, Editor MACS ACtion Magazine

Chrysler Group is recalling nearly 300,000 vehicles to repair a problem caused by water leakage from air conditioning condensate.  Water and electronics are never a good combination, and according to the recall information “these vehicles may experience a heating and air conditioner (HVAC) condensate leak from the drain grommet onto the occupant restraint control module, which can lead to the illumination of the airbag warning light and a potential inadvertent airbag deployment without warning.”

The affected vehicles are 2008 minivans manufactured between June 24, 2007 and July 30, 2008.  Models include the 2008 Chrysler Town and Country and the Voyager, plus the ’08 Dodge Caravan.  Dealers will replace the affected air bag control module free of charge.



The safety recall is expected to begin this month after new parts arrive, and affected owners are being notified. Interestingly, we note that the recall letter makes no mention of any proposed repair to the leaky grommet to prevent the apparent root cause of the problem.

When having your mobile A/C system professionally serviced, insist on proper repair procedures and quality replacement parts. Insist on recovery and recycling so that refrigerant can be reused and not released into the atmosphere.

If you’re a service professional and not a MACS member yet, you should be, click here for more information.

You can E-mail us at macsworldwide@macsw.org or visit http://bit.ly/cf7az8 to find a Mobile Air Conditioning Society member repair shop in your area. Visit http://bit.ly/9FxwTh to find out more about your car’s mobile A/C and engine cooling system.

The 32nd annual Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide Convention and Trade Show will take place January 18-20, 2012 at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

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Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide Founded in 1981, MACS is the leading non-profit trade association for the mobile air conditioning, heating and engine cooling system segment of the automotive aftermarket. Since 1991, MACS has assisted more than 600,000 technicians to comply with the 1990 U.S. EPA Clean Air Act requirements for certification in refrigerant recovery and recycling to protect the environment. The Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide’s mission is clear and focused--as the recognized global authority on mobile air conditioning and heat transfer industry issues. www.macsw.org
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