A condition which could cause the ignition key to get stuck or accidentally move has forced Chrysler Group LLC, a unit of Fiat SpA, to recall over 350,000 vehicles from the model year 2008.
The company said that occasionally the ignition switch could upon start-up and not stop at ‘On’ position and goes to the ‘accessory’ or ‘off’ position. This could kill the engine and lead to a dangerous situation where the front air bags will not work. Another condition could occur in the affected vehicles where the ignition key may not fully return to the ‘on’ position from ‘start’. It will hinder the windshield and defroster from working. The air bags will continue to work in this condition.
Chrysler said that except for one reported incidence of a minor crash, it has not received any reports of injured or deaths caused by the issue and is withdrawing the vehicles as a precautionary measure.
Chrysler said it knows of no injuries or deaths related to the issue in the recalled vehicles, and knows of one reported “minor” crash.
The affected vehicles include the 2008 model year Dodge Charger and Magnum, Chrysler 300 and Jeep’s Grand Cherokee and Commander. The recalls will affect 292,000 vehicles in the United States, 19,000 in Canada, 5,000 in Mexico and 33,300 outside North America.
The recall is akin to a previous recall which involved 890,000 vehicles produced from January 2007 to June 2010. This recall was also precipitated a condition in which the ignition switch could slip from the “run” position to “accessory” position while driving. In this condition the engine is shut and disables the air bags. No injuries were related to this recall, Chrysler said.