Chrysler recalling nearly 800,000 Jeep SUVs for faulty ignition switches
Recall expands on earlier minivan and crossover recall; 2005-2007 models are affected
The 2005-2007 Grand Cherokee and 2006-2007 Commander have been under investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration since June. Earlier this month, Chrysler recalled 696,000 minivans and crossovers -- also previously under investigation -- for the same faulty switch. The exact number hasn't been determined, but up to 649,900 vehicles may be affected in the U.S.
Chrysler recommends owners to take everything off their keychains, including the ring, until dealers start the fix in mid-September.
Since 2004, the NHTSA has received at least 32 complaints from Grand Cherokee and Commander owners alleging that it was too easy for a driver's knee to accidentally bump the key and switch off the engine. Chrysler has received about 119 complaints and knows of one crash.
Like with General Motors, Chrysler's airbag controller in these models can only stay powered for 150 milliseconds after the engine shuts off. That means the airbags -- and any power assists and safety equipment like anti-lock brakes -- are instantly disabled while driving.
Chrysler said it knew of at least one crash and about 119 complaints from owners related to the switch problem.
Chrysler is also recalling 21,000 cars and trucks for suspension components that can break off their mounts and cause the driver to lose control. Models include the 2014 Ram 1500, 2015 Jeep Cherokee and 2015 Chrysler 200, of which about 14,300 are in the U.S. Chrysler hasn’t said when it would offer a fix.
NHTSA is also investigating the 2002–2003 Jeep Liberty and 2002–2004 Grand Cherokee for airbags that can inadvertently deploy.
...plain pathetic!....just be carefull and do not hit the key with your knee...do not spill hot coffee on yourself....do not stick your head in the oven.....just GET A LIFE!
The 8 speed in the 2014 models electronic control shifts worse than the powerglide of the 60s
Chrysler offers no fix so dealers hands are tied..this is a DANGEROUS VEHICLE TO DRIVE
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