FCA has announced yet another recall which is affecting several models because of the ignition switch issue.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation almost a year ago after complaints about the ignition switch have been received and FCA US, then called the Chrysler Group, has responded with a recall of 695,957 examples because the key can appear to be in the Run position but not be fully engaged and if it slipped out and there was a crash, the airbags couldn’t have deployed, increasing the risk of an injury. The new recall is actually an expanded one which is covering a total of 702,578 vehicles of the Chrysler Town and Country, of the Dodge Grand Caravan and of the Dodge Journey.
“Road conditions or some other jarring event may cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position, turning off the engine. If the ignition key inadvertently moves into the OFF or ACCESSORY position, the engine will turn off, which will then depower various key safety systems including but not limited to air bags, power steering, and power braking. Loss of functionality of these systems may increase the risk of crash and/or increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash”, says the NHTSA.
Owners of the above mentioned vehicles will be notified by the carmaker and the dealers will be replacing the ignition switch and key FOBs free of charge. The first notice has been sent to owners on the 11th of September, 2014, while a second one will be mailed in April, 2015. For any extra details on the topic, owners can contact the Chrysler customer service at 1 800 1403 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1 888 327 4236.