Chrysler Ignition Switch Issue Deepens
While no one can likely top GM’s performance in the area of ignition switch recalls, Chrysler is gunning for a close second. The automaker is planning to recall several older-model SUVs (number not yet determined) due to ignition switch performance, though no injuries have been reported (just one accident and a few complaints). Chrysler Group engineers are currently developing a fix for the issue.
Affected models will include Jeep Commanders from the 2006 – 2007 model years, as well as Jeep Grand Cherokees from the 2005 – 2007 model years. Reportedly, a driver’s knee may bump the ignition key from the “on” position, causing the engine to stall, reducing brake power, complicating steering, and possibly disabling frontal airbags.
Chrysler Group plans to identify customers affected by the recall and reach out to them by mid-September. While an exact number of affected models has not yet been made clear, an approximate amount of 792,300 was established, with 649,900 of those in the United States.
Chrysler Group is also recalling around 21,000 vehicles (14,300 in the U.S.) to inspect shocks and/or struts. They will be replaced if necessary. No related injuries, accidents, or complaints have been reported.
All costs related to these issues will be borne by Chrysler Group.
- Timothy MooreManaging Editor
Timothy Moore hails from Dayton, Ohio, and tries to bring that Midwestern flavor to his writing. (But as it turns out, no one really likes the Midwestern flavor.) He has been covering the auto industry for years, with several national auto shows under his belt, but he’s been writing about lots of other things (like dragons and Mickey Mouse and cows drowning in milk) since he was just a tot. Outside of the land of cars, Timothy enjoys watching The Office and consuming excessive amounts of peanut butter and beer, and is on the board of an up-and-coming Dayton theatre company called The Playground. And when he’s not on stage (or three jars into a peanut butter binge), Timothy spends time with his mischievous dog, Greyson. See more articles by Timothy.