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Fiat Chrysler Recalls Minivans to Fix Ignition Switches

Tina Robinson2 years ago

Fiat Chrysler has announced it will expand an earlier recall to approximately 695,957 minivans with ignition switch problems. USA Today is reporting the expanded recall affects 2008 and 2009 model year Chrysler Town and Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans.

About the Chrysler Minivan Ignition Recall

Chrysler says the ignition switch in these minivans can move out of the “run” position, resulting in engine stalls and disabling of airbags. The problem is similar to the widely publicized issue that has plagued millions of General Motors’ vehicles this year. The new recall is an expansion of an earlier recall that affected 196,000 2010 model year Chrysler Town and Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, and Dodge Journey vehicles.

Chrysler said it is unaware of any injuries or crashes associated with the defect.

NHTSA Investigates Chrysler Vehicles

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) expressed concern over Chrysler’s proposed method of fixing the ignition switch problem. A statement from the agency said, “… does not address agency concerns regarding the effectiveness of the remedy, specifically the possibility that the defect may result in non-deployment of the vehicles’ air bags.” The agency said it is requesting additional information from Chrysler.

In June, NHTSA opened two investigations into ignition problems in Chrysler vehicles. Those two queries covered approximately 1.25 million vehicles, including the ones covered by Monday’s recall.

NHTSA also said it has received complaints about vehicles which were supposedly fixed in the initial recall. 

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