Chrysler Recalls 525,206 Vehicles due to Ignition Switch Defect

Stemming from a safety recall in June 2011, Chrysler has expanded recall 11V-139 to include an additional 525,205 minivans due to an ignition switch defect.  Similar to the GM ignition switch recall, this defect can affect the safe operation of the airbag system if inadvertent ignition key displacement occurs.  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 while in operation, the engine will turn off.  This will depower various key safety systems including but not limited to air bags, power steering, and power braking.

The decision to now recall these vehicles is from a recent discussion with NHTSA.  On June 17, 2014, Chrysler and NHTSA participated in a conference call regarding the scope of the previous recall.  NHTSA requested that Chrysler include the recall to include certain model year 2009-2010 Dodge Journey vehicles manufactured June 29, 2007, to June 17, 2010, and 2008-2010 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country vehicles manufactured January 26, 2007, to June 17, 2010.

Customers have been advised to remove all items from their key rings, leaving only the ignition key until the defect is fixed. The key fob (if applicable), should also be removed from the key ring.  Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will modify the ignition switch, free of charge.  The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403.  Chrysler’s number for this recall is L25.

Americans rely on their car manufacturers to provide a safe well-designed vehicle.  Sadly, that is not often the case.  The Auto Defect Attorneys at The Brandi Law Firm has successfully represented many people injured from defective Toyotas, Fords, Chryslers, Hondas, GM products and numerous other manufacturers and suppliers.  Often times, people involved in accidents do not examine the issues of defective vehicle design nor whether the car was truly crashworthy – does it contain the appropriate crash protection.  If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto crash, our attorneys at The Brandi Law Firm are available to consult with you.  Please contact our office at 800-481-1615 or email us.

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