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Chrysler recalling nearly 800,000 Jeep SUVs for faulty ignition switches

Recall expands on earlier minivan and crossover recall; 2005-2007 models are affected

By Exhaust Notes Jul 23, 2014 2:45PM
Chrysler is recalling up to 792,300 Jeeps for faulty ignition switches that can be inadvertently knocked out of the "on" position, shutting off the engine and disabling the airbags.

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.


[Source: Chrysler]

112Comments
Jul 23, 2014 3:36PM
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...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!

 

Jul 23, 2014 3:25PM
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How do you hit the key with your knee while driving?
Jul 23, 2014 10:32PM
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the ignition switch key was never ment to hold a 10 pound key ring with a hundred keys and another hundred keep sakes. shame on chrysler for not having the forethought to protect the idiots who drive their products. instead of running a credit checkfor the consumer to purchace a car maybe chrysler  should put the fools through a phyc evaluation first. may be cheaper and safer for the rest of us in the long run. less car wrecks, less recalls, less drama. maybe they can go back to selling reasonable priced cars when the retarded idiots are weeded out.
Jul 23, 2014 9:20PM
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I think they should make a car and just call the thing the  "Recall".
Jul 23, 2014 4:47PM
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Chrysler (and likely several other manufacturers) have been using "el cheapo" electrical components made south of the border for a long time. It seems as though this practice is finally starting to bite them on the cheeks. I've been a devoted Dodge man for a long time, but the love affair is just about over unless I can find a late 60s-early 70s model for a steal. (Yeah, I know...good luck with that!)
Jul 23, 2014 3:58PM
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Hey not fair! Everyone is too busy bashing GM to be distracted by a recall from a different car company. 
Jul 24, 2014 4:31AM
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If your knees are hitting the ignition key and switch, you might want to consider moving your seat back a little bit.
Jul 23, 2014 3:39PM
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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

Jul 23, 2014 7:10PM
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They need to recall the 3.7 engine and the crappy aluminum heads they built for the 2005-2007 Jeep. I've had the left side repaired twice and the right side repaired once. The left side is shot again. I'm in the Chrysler CAP program... at least I'll have job security.  
Jul 23, 2014 5:21PM
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I liked the old IH scout II.  Those corn binders were good if you took out the 345 IH motor and dropped in an Olds Rocket 455 with an engle EP18-20 cam.
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