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Ignition Key Issues Force Chrysler to Recall 349,000 Cars

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 9/26/2014 Joseph Capparella
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Chrysler is following in GM’s footsteps with its latest recall that involves issues with the ignition keys on various pre-2008 Dodge, Chrysler, and Jeep models. Although this recall concerns only 349,442 vehicles in comparison to millions of affected GM cars, the ignition key issue is similar to the problem in GM cars. Chrysler says it is unaware of any injuries related to this defect,

2008 Dodge Charger, Dodge Magnum, Chrysler 300, Jeep Commander, Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Problem: After the ignition key is rotated to the “Start” position to turn on the engine, the key may not fully return to the “On” position and could instead remain between “Start” and “On” positions. This could cause the windshield defroster and wipers to stop functioning.

In what Chrysler calls a “less probable” scenario, the key could move through the “On” position and go into the “Accessory” or “Off” positions. If this happens while driving, the vehicle could lose engine power and braking, and possibly front air bag functionality.

The Fix: Chrysler will notify customers when they can schedule service for the ignition key. Until then, the company advises owners to confirm that the key is in the “On” position after they start their cars.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 349,442 models including the 2008 Dodge Charger, the Dodge Magnum, the Chrysler 300, the Jeep Commander, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Of those, 292,224 vehicles are in the U.S. and 18,976 are in Canada.

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