has voluntarily recalled 1.4 million Dodge, Plymouth and Chrysler minivans after it received reports of 43 leaking fuel rail seals.
The automaker said the fuel seal leak is likely to occur only in vehicles repeatedly operated at elevated temperatures over many years, such as extensive stop-and-go driving that increases the stress on the seals.
The company said the recall, which includes 1.16 million vehicles in the U.S. and 182,000 in Canada, affects 1996-99 and some 2000 model year Dodge Caravan and Grand Caravan, Plymouth Voyager and Grand Voyager and Chrysler Town & Country minivans with 3.3- and 3.8-liter V-6 engines. The recall doesn't affect "flexible-fuel" vehicles and 2000 model year minivans built after September 1999, or the new 2001 model year Chrysler and Dodge minivans.
Customers will be notified once the proper replacement parts are tested and made available in March.
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