The recall was prompted by a two year federal investigation into complaints of accidental driver's side air bag deployments, which investigators suspect were caused by electrical shorts. There were no injuries or deaths caused by the accidental air bag firings.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has closed its investigation since Chrysler volunteered to recall the vehicles and make all necessary repairs. Owners of the minivans involved in the recall will be notified by mail next month.
Chrysler and the NHTSA say the recall is not related to the ongoing informal federal study of accidental deaths caused by the passenger side airbags Chrysler minivans.
To date 20 people, mostly children and small adults, have been killed or seriously injured by the passenger air bags. NHTSA is still considering whether to launch a formal investigation that ultimately could lead to an additional recall.