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Chrysler Recalls Cars Due to Ignition Switch Issue

Sep 26, 2014

Nearly 350,000 older vehicles and SUVs are being recalled by Chrysler due to an ignition switch problem. According to the Associated Press, the vehicles are being recalled so that the defective switch, which can cause stalling, can be fixed. This recall leads to a total of 2 million cars recalled by Chrysler due to a faulty ignition switch.

Vehicles affected by the recall include the Jeep Commander and Grand Cherokee SUVs, Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedans and Dodge Magnum wagons from the 2008 model year. The recalled vehicles were all built before May 12, 2008.

The problem, Associated Press reports, is that the ignition switch can slip out of the “on” position. General Motors had a similar problem that caused the company to recall millions of vehicles this year.

According to Chrysler, the ignition switches may not fully return to the “on” position after being rotated to the “start” position. If the switch is stuck between “start” and “on”, the windshield defroster and wipers may not function. If the switches move to “accessory” or “off” power may be shut off from the engine, power-assisted steering and other features. The defect has led to one crash and no injuries, Chrysler says. The company has yet to figure out what causes the problem and how to repair it, a spokesman said.

Meanwhile, Chrysler owners are advised to use the key without a keychain or any other attachment. Drivers should double-check to make sure the switches return to “on” after starting their vehicles.

GM recalled 16.5 million cars over defective ignition switches. In light of this, U.S. safety regulators conducted a wider industry investigation, leading to the Chrysler recall.

Faulty ignition switches prompted Chrysler to recall 196,000 Dodge Journey SUVs and Dodge Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans from the 2007 through 2009 model years in 2011 for repair. Another 696,000 minivans and SUVs from the 2007 to 2010 model years were added to this recall, AP reports. Chrysler recalled 792,300 Commander and Grand Cherokee SUVs from the 2005-07 model years for the same problem in July.

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