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DaimlerChrysler in minivan recall
Snow and ice on a New York highway
Salt used on roads in some US states can affect the airbags in 2005 Dodge Caravans
German carmaker DaimlerChrysler has recalled 298,000 vehicles in the US to fix faulty airbags.

The recall involves 2005 Dodge Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country minivans in states, such as New York, which use salt on the roads in winter.

The firm, which is in talks to sell its ailing Chrysler arm, said the salt could corrode the brass sensors, causing the airbag protection to fail.

The company also extended the warranty on a further 133,000 minivans.

"Certain minivans are being recalled in states which use large amounts of salt for road de-icing, to replace their upfront airbag sensors," Daimler Chrysler said in a note on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website.

The problem lies with the sensor's brass content, which may corrode and crack when exposed to large quantities of salt.

DaimlerChrysler said it would notify the owners and replace the brass fittings with steel and other material.

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