Last week, Chrysler expanded recall 11V-139 to include an additional 525,205 minivans due to an ignition switch defect. This week, Chrysler has now added another 643,618 Jeeps suffering from the same ignition switch defect.
The issue is once again the ignition switch, which has been the topic of conversation of automobile recalls since GM’s bombshell back in February of this year. In the affected vehicles, the driver may accidentally hit the ignition key with their knee, unintentionally knocking the key out of the run position, and turning off the engine. If the key is turned into the off position, the vehicle will lose air bag, power steering and power braking capabilities, which increases the likelihood of a crash.
Chrysler is recalling their Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Commander models. Jeep Grand Cherokees are from the 2005-2007 model line and were manufactured from February 11, 2004, to July 5, 2007. The Commander models were made from January 31, 2005, to July 5, 2007, and their model years are from 2006 and 2007.
Chrysler has warned all drivers of these vehicles that until this recall is performed, drivers should adjust their seat to allow clearance between the driver’s knee and the ignition key, and remove all items from their key ring, leaving only the vehicle key.
Parts are currently not available and the schedule of repairing the defect is still unknown. Chrysler will notify owners in September 2014. The remedy for this recall is still under development. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler’s number for this recall is P41.
Nearly 40 million vehicles have been recalled in 2014 alone.
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