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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced it opened a probe into around 160,000 Dodge Caravan MPVs because of reports that the engines could stall.

The US safety regulator has opened the initial investigation – which is the first step in the process that could lead to a recall – with its Office of Defects Investigation currently weighing “the scope, frequency and safety consequences” of alleged engine stalling after the cars were refueled.

According to a Chrysler spokesperson, the carmaker “will actively support NHTSA’s efforts to investigate” the reported issue, adding that NHTSA’s notice “cites no injuries or accidents related to this reported condition.”

Besides the 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan, the safety regulator also received numerous complaints of a similar issue for the Chrysler Town & Country, Caravan’s counterpart, among them 20 complaints about the 2004 Town & Country and 25 others about the 2005 Town & Country.

On of the incidents involving a 2007 Grand Carvan that belonged to a couple said the incident occurred while driving on the highway, with the engine stop causing the loss of assisted steering power. Another one claimed the car stalls after being refilled and the staling incidents occurred repeatedly while the car was in traffic.

Via Reuters