According to reports from CBS News, Chrysler owners are experiencing major malfunctions with their vehicles. The Center for Auto Safety believes the malfunctions may have already caused several deaths.
Chrysler has received multiple complains concerning a vehicle defect that can result in stalls, unintended acceleration, and electronic issues.
Customers are now taking to social media with videos of their vehicles do unusual things such as lurching forward unexpectedly and powering on electrical systems inadvertently.
Complaints have been filed in connection with Chrysler and Dodge minivans, Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs, and Dodge RAM pickups made since the company adopted a new electronic control module in 2007.
The situation is being investigated further to ensure safety for drivers of Chrysler vehicles.
The Center for Auto Safety (CAS), believes the problem is being caused by a defect in the Totally Integrated Power Module (TIPM). The TIPM is a vehicle’s electronic nerve center or fuse box. It controls the functions of the vehicle.
According to CAS, a malfunctioning TIPM can cause such serious problems as airbag failure, vehicle shutdowns, unintended acceleration and fires. The TIPM was installed in millions of Chrysler vehicles manufactured between 2007 and 2014.
Chrysler has submitted 20 claims of deaths and CAS is investigating further to determine what role the faulty TIPM may have played in these deaths. Chrysler claims it is unaware of any deaths being directly related to the TIPM and continues to reinforce the notion that all their vehicles meet safety requirements.
The company does admit they are investigating the claims and customer complaints. Chrysler has experienced recalls on their TIPM components before in 2007 and 2012.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports they are reviewing the allegations and will rectify the situation if needed.