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67,000 Manual Chrysler Pickups Recalled for Clutch Ignition Switch

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/30/2014 Alex Nishimoto

FCA US, the company known as Chrysler Group up until this month, is voluntarily recalling an estimated 66,819 older-model, manual transmission pickup trucks globally for an issue with the clutch ignition interlock switch.

The Problem: Certain model-year 2006 and 2007 Chrysler Group pickups with the manual transmission could have been built with a different spring wire than what was used in past switches. The wire may break, preventing the vehicle from starting. Chrysler says that in rare cases, if recommended starting procedures aren't followed, the vehicle can move unintentionally when the key is turned. That's what happened in the only accident Chrysler is aware of, which tragically resulted in a fatality. Reuters says a young child managed to enter a 2006 Dodge Ram 3500 and start it, moving the vehicle forward and killing another child.

2006 Dodge Dakota Crew Cab© Provided by MotorTrend 2006 Dodge Dakota Crew Cab 2006 Dodge Ram 3500 Quad Cab© Provided by MotorTrend 2006 Dodge Ram 3500 Quad Cab

The Fix: FCA US will notify owners of affected models beginning February 13 to bring their vehicles in for a free replacement switch. In the meantime, the company advises owners to follow the recommended procedures for starting their vehicles, including leaving the shifter in neutral, setting the parking brake, and pressing the clutch pedal before turning the ignition.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: An estimated 66,819 model-year 2006 and 2007 pickups are affected, of which 54,558 units are in the U.S. Included in the recall are Dodge Dakota, Ram 1500, Ram 2500, Ram 3500, and Mitsubishi Raider trucks built between July 2005 and June 2006. FCA US notes that no trucks produced before or after that period were built with the faulty switch.

2006 Dodge Ram Mega Cab Rear Angle© Provided by MotorTrend 2006 Dodge Ram Mega Cab Rear Angle

Source: FCA US, Reuters


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