Another Recall for Faulty Ignition Switch

28259398_mOn September 25, 2014, Chrysler announced that it is recalling 349,442 vehicles due to a faulty ignition switch that can cause the vehicles to suddenly shut off while driving. When this happens, braking power can be diminished and power steering can be lost, easily leading to a crash. Chrysler says it only knows of one minor crash caused by the problem so far. The recall applies to 2008 model-year vehicles produced before May 12, 2008.

The Latest Chrysler Recall

The recall applies to about 292,224 vehicles in the U.S. Affected models are:

  • Chrysler 300 sedans
  • Dodge Charger sedans
  • Dodge Magnum station wagons
  • Jeep Commander
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee

Chrysler says it will fix the problem for free, but customers must wait to hear when they can schedule the repair. The company is advising owners of the recalled vehicles to detach their ignition keys from their key rings and other keys to minimize the chance of the key turning while the vehicle is in use. It also recommends confirming that the ignition key is in the “ON” position after starting the vehicle.

Earlier Chrysler Recalls for Faulty Ignition Switch

The current recall is just the latest in a string of Chrysler recalls for ignition switch defects.

A 2011 recall affected 2007 through 2009 Dodge Journeys, Dodge Caravans, and Chrysler Town & Country minivans. That recall was expanded in 2014 to include 2007 through 2010 Volkswagen Routan minivans. In July, 2014, the company recalled 2005 through 2007 Commanders and Jeep Grand Cherokees.

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