Chrysler Town & Country suspected of spontaneous combustionAugust 18, 2020
Rear seat USB ports may cause fires
The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has investigated three episodes of spontaneous combustion in the cabin of Chrysler Town & Country minivans.
According to Automotive News, American minivans Chrysler Town & Country were suspected of spontaneous combustion. At least three owners of 2014 cars turned to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) with claims describing the same problem – a fire suddenly broke out in the minivan’s interior, as a result of which, in one of the cases, a Town & Country passenger minor damage to health was caused. According to preliminary data, the source of spontaneous combustion is USB connectors for charging gadgets.
Minivan owners said that the fire started exactly in the USB ports of the second and third rows of seats on the driver’s side of the car. The specific causes of the fire are not reported, but, obviously, in all cases there was a short circuit in the connectors. If it turns out that the charging connectors lit up spontaneously, without any external influence, then about 150,000 Chrysler Town & Country minivans could potentially be involved in the recall campaign. The last, fifth generation of the car was discontinued in 2016.
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