Feds Close Probe Into 1.8 Million Chrysler Minivans for Engine Stall After Refueling| Edmunds

Feds Close Probe Into 1.8 Million Chrysler Minivans for Engine Stall After Refueling


WASHINGTON — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has closed an investigation into 1,855,333 Chrysler and Dodge minivans after consumer complaints of engine stall after refueling without ordering a recall.

The affected vehicles are the 2003-'07 Dodge Grand Caravan, Dodge Caravan, Chrysler Town & Country and Chrysler Voyager minivans.

 "After completing this evaluation, NHTSA has concluded that further investigation is unlikely to result in a finding that a defect related to motor vehicle safety exists," it said. "The stalls occurring in these vehicles only occur immediately after filling up the fuel tank and happen at low engine speeds.

"The failure rate is low, even after eight to 13 years of the vehicles being in service, and there are no reports of crashes or injuries resulting from the stall condition."

NHTSA said it began the investigation following a July 2014 allegation from the owner of a 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan minivan that engine stall occurs without warning after refueling.

NHTSA said it evaluated the petition by analyzing 720 consumer complaints, analyzing field data, reviewing technical information provided in Chrysler's response to an agency information request and testing a Chrysler minivan identified by its owner as experiencing post-refuel engine stalls.

"The agency will take further action if warranted by future circumstances," it said.

Edmunds says: Owners of these vehicles do not need to take any action at this point. But if you have an immediate concern, it's best to contact your dealer.

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