More than 291,000 Chrysler Vehicles Recalled for Ignition Switch Problems
Chrysler is experiencing its own General Motors-like ignition switch problem.
About 291,700 Chrysler vehicles are being recalled because the ignition key could inadvertently turn to the 'off' position, cutting power off to the car and ultimately the airbags, power steering, power brakes and other safety features.
The recall affects certain model year 2008 Chrysler 300, Dodge Magnum, Dodge Charger, Jeep Commander and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles.
In the affected cars the ignition key may not return to the 'On' position after being rotated to the 'Start' position, instead sticking between the two. While the vehicle is being driven, the ignition switch could inadvertently move through the 'Run' position to the 'Accessory' or 'Off' position, turning off the engine.
If the ignition stays between 'Start' and 'On' positions it could cause loss of certain electrical functions.
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.
The remedy for this recall campaign is still under development and Chrysler has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners can contact Chrysler customer service at (800) 853-1403 for more information. Chrysler's number for this recall is P57.