Chrysler Ignition Switch Recall
700,000 Chrysler Vans and SUVs Recalled for Ignition Switch Defect
Fiat Chrysler is recalling 702,578 SUVs and minivans to fix defective ignition switches that can cause the engine to unexpectedly turn off. The company has stated that road conditions or a jarring event may cause the ignition switch to move into the off or accessory position, cutting off power to the vehicle’s air bags, power steering and power brakes.
LIST OF RECALLED CHRYSLER VANS AND SUVS
The ignition switch recall involves the following vehicles:
- Dodge Grand Caravan (2008-2010)
- Chrysler Town and Country minivans (2008-2010)
- Dodge Journey SUVs (2009-2010)
CHRYSLER IGNITION SWITCH INCIDENT AND INJURY REPORTS
According to ABCNews reports, Chrysler and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) received 89 consumer complaints about the switches.
According to AutoNews.com, in consumer complaints about the defect, “motorists describe harrowing situations, including immovable steering wheels, loss of all power and difficulty braking.”
IMPORTANT FACTS FOR OWNERS OF RECALLED CHRYSLER VEHICLES
- Owners have been warned to remove all items from their key rings, leaving only the ignition key, until the switches can be fixed.
- Replacement parts are now being manufactured and won’t be available until at least April.
- Fiat Chrysler said it expects to begin replacing the defective ignition switches for the 2008-2009 minivans and SUVs in April and the 2010 vehicles in August.
- Some of the vehicles had previously been recalled for the same issue.
- General Motors experienced a similar ignition switch problem and recalled 2.6 million small cars last year. Hundreds of injuries and deaths were linked to the defective GM switches.