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Chrysler and Federal Officials Investigate Stalling Hazard

Morgan Cain2 years ago

The Chrysler Group has begun investigating complaints about a wide array of electronic glitches in several car models that could prove dangerous for consumers.

About the Chrysler Complaints

According to USA Today, the Chrysler Group has been investigating complaints associated with electronic glitches, which includes engine stalling.

Complaints have been offered that say a faulty Total Integrated Power Module (TIPM) can make electrical accessories, such as power windows and theft alarms operate when the ignitions not on and neither key nor the driver are near the car.

Other complaints have said the vehicles can stop running; leaving them stalled which can be dangerous in traffic situations.

Afffected Chrysler Vehicles

Chrysler has included the following vehicles in their recall:

  • Chrysler and Dodge minivans
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV
  • RAM Pickups made since the company adopted a new electronic control module in 2007.
Chrysler Recall Compared to General Motors Recall

Multiple news sources are comparing Chrysler's recall to General Motors' recall of roughly 2.6 million vehicles equipped with faulty ignition switches.

In the GM recall, however, the vehicles' ignition switch was operating normally but could inadvertently shift out of the “run” position, cutting engine power and disabling airbags, event when the vehicles were in motion.

GM linked 13 deaths in front-end crashes to these faults and 3 more deaths in different models.

Federal Investigation of Chrysler

After an automaker’s disclosure information came out, a consumer group asked federal safety officials to investigate the potential fault.

Government safety officials have not yet begun their investigation into the complaints and no recall has been announced for the vehicles, but the safety problems are being reviewed.

The issue of stalling was designated a safety problem by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration following the GM ignition recall. Prior to that recall, stalling was considered a costumer inconvenience.

Once an issue has been determined to have a safety problem, the government must be notified within five work days and a recall must be put into place.


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