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updated: 7/5/2013 5:12 PM

Chrysler recalling minivans for air bag defect

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Chrysler is recalling 282,000 minivans from the 2013 model year because the side air bags can deploy on the wrong side in a crash.

Side air bags are supposed to deploy on the side of the vehicle that's involved in a crash. Chrysler says a software problem is causing its air bags to deploy on the opposing side of the vehicle.

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Affected models are the Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Town and Country and Ram Cargo Van. The campaign involves 224,000 vehicles in the U.S.; 49,300 in Canada; 2,900 in Mexico and 5,300 elsewhere.

Chrysler says it began investigating the issue after a customer complaint. The company says there has been one minor injury related to the defect.

Chrysler will notify affected customers. Dealers will reprogram the software for free.

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