WASHINGTON -- The Chrysler group is recalling nearly 240,000 minivans built for the 2001 and 2002 model years.
Moisture can enter the vehicles' radios, create a short circuit and start a fire.
The affected models are the Dodge Caravan and Grand Caravan as well as the Chrysler Voyager and Town & Country.
The automaker told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that moisture from air conditioning ducts drips through vent holes in the top of the minivans' base-level radio.
Vehicles with other sound systems do not have the problem.
Dealers will apply protective tape to the top of the radio to keep water out, the Chrysler group says.
In a separate action, the Chrysler group is having dealers tighten bolts on rear seat-belt hardware on the 2005 Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Stratus sedans. About 8,000 cars are affected.
Fasteners may be loose on retractors and the loops that hold belt webbing at the C-pillars.
Jaguar brake troubles
Jaguar Cars North America is conducting several recalls to address brake-related problems.
Owners of about 30,000 S-Type cars built for the 2003-05 model years are to return them so dealerships can replace the electronic parking brake module and install a device to suppress wiper motor noise.
Some owners complained the parking brake can come on without warning to the driver or other vehicles. One crash was reported.
Jaguar says its engineers were unable to re-create the described malfunction. But the automaker suspects that a flaw in the electronic module is set off or aggravated by the wiper motor problem.
A separate recall involves about 3,900 X-Type cars with manual transmissions built for the 2001-03 model years.
Dealerships are to replace the automatic adjuster in the hand brake. NHTSA says that under certain conditions the hand brake does not apply enough pressure to the rear brake pads to keep the vehicle from rolling.
In a third action, owners of about 50,000 S-Types built for the 2002-05 model years will get new warning labels to apply to their cars' master cylinders.
The brake fluid reservoir is located in such a way that a leaf screen covers the original warning label, NHTSA says.
The rest of the list
Here are other recalls reported by NHTSA:
2005 HONDA CR-V
Problem: Sensor fails to detect when the front-seat passenger does not have his or her back flat against the seat. As a result, the system does not take the precaution of disabling the side-impact airbag to prevent injury to a so-called out-of-position occupant if the airbag deploys.
Fix: Replace seat-back pad, which includes position detection sensor.
Number of affected vehicles: 7,000.
2003 CHEVROLET MALIBU, OLDSMOBILE ALERO, PONTIAC GRAND AM
Problem: Accelerator pedal sticks in hot weather.
Fix: Replace accelerator and brake pedal assembly.
2004-05 CADILLAC XLR, 2005 CORVETTE
Problem: Fluid overheats in rear brake lines, which are too close to exhaust system, reducing brake effectiveness. Also, crossover brake line at right rear contacts differential housing, may wear through.
Fix: Reposition clip to keep brake lines away from left exhaust manifold; bend brake lines away from exhaust pipe; remove machining tab from differential housing; replace worn brake lines.
1998-2000 VOLVO S70, C70, V70, V70XC
Problem: Headlight switch fails.
Fix: Replace switch.
2004 VOLVO S40, V40
Problem: Valve on vacuum hose cracks, creating a vacuum leak, which impedes brake performance and may cause rough engine idling.
Fix: Replace vacuum hose.
1998-99 AUDI A6 WITH 2.8-LITER, 5-VALVE V-6 AND AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
Problem: Ice causes throttle to stick open in extreme cold.
Fix: Replace throttle body.
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