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Fiat Chrysler is recalling 297,000 Dodge Grand Caravans sold in 2011 and 2012 in the U.S. and Canada because of a problem that can cause the driver’s side air bag to inflate unexpectedly. The air bag deployment is caused by a short circuit when air bag wiring rubs against the steering wheel trim. Fiat Chrysler announced that the air bag warning light may turn on, the windshield wipers may spontaneously activate and speed control may not work.

Fiat Chrysler reports that eight people have suffered minor injuries due to the defect, but there have been no car accidents as a result. Starting June 28, Fiat Chrysler will begin notifying owners of the recall by mail. Chrysler Dodge dealers will inspect the wiring, replace it if needed and install a protective coating to address the issue.

Owners of Chrysler Town and Country minivans, which are a similar model, are not affected because those minivans use a different steering wheel trim.