CHRYSLER TO RECALL ALMOST 350K VEHICLES

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Chrysler is having to recall 349,442 vehicles made in 2008. These vehicles are having ignition switch issues which can turn the car off while driving. The recall follows one of 792,000 from earlier this summer. The company has had no deaths, but has received complaints.

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What is affected

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Here, via Click on Detroit, are what vehicles are affected by this recall.

The campaign is limited to 2008 Dodge Charger sedans, Dodge Magnum station wagons, Chrysler 300 sedans, Jeep Commander and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs.

It covers an estimated 292,224 vehicles in the U.S.; 18,976 in Canada; 4,947 in Mexico; and 33,295 outside the NAFTA region.
All affected customers will be notified when they may schedule service, which will be provided at no cost to them. As a precaution, customers are advised to detach their ignition keys from key rings and other keys.

In the meantime, owners of these models are advised to confirm their ignition keys are set in the “ON” position (one o’clock) after starting their vehicles. This will assure engine power and intended functionality of all systems, including front air bags.

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What was affected by the larger recall

Here, via USA Today, are what was affected by the July recall.

Chrysler Group is launching a recall involving ignition switches on as many as 792,000 older-model Jeep SUVs.

It’s similar to the problem that’s forced General Motors to recall millions of cars this year and another Chrysler recall earlier this month.

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Chrysler says that in the Jeeps, the ignition switch can be bumped by the driver’s knee, moving the ignition out of the “on” position, shutting off the engine, killing the power assist to the steering and brakes and disabling air bags.

What can happen if not corrected

Here is what can happen if the problem is not fixed.

In a statement, the automaker said an investigation found the ignition keys on certain model-year 2008 vehicles produced before May 12, 2008, may not fully return to the “ON” position after rotation to the “START” position during engine-startup. Instead, they may remain between the “START” and “ON” positions. If this occurs, windshield defroster and wiper function may be lost. Air bag function is not affected.

Less probable is the prospect that an ignition key may not fully return to the “ON” position after rotation to the “START” position and may inadvertently move through the “ON” position to “ACCESSORY” or “OFF.” If this occurs, it may result in reduced braking power and a loss of engine power, power steering, and one or more of the vehicle’s safety features including front air bags.

The problems occurred during the time that the company was taking massive amounts of US tax dollars.

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