Chrysler Recalling Jeep Grand Cherokees and Commanders Due to Ignition Switch
Chrysler is recalling 792,000 Jeep SUV's due to ignition switches that 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.
Only one accident involving the issue has been reported, but there have been about 100 complaints. Chrysler says no one was injured.
Chrysler’s recall involves 2005-2007 Grand Cherokees and 2006-2007 Commanders. Of the recalled models, 649,900 are in the United States, 28,800 are in Canada, 12,800 in Mexico and 100,800 outside of North America.
The company said it is not sure exactly how many will be recalled, but said it will notify customers by mid-September when they can schedule service with their dealers and said the repairs will be done for free.
Chrysler has now recalled more than 1.7 million vehicles for ignition-switch problems. In June, the company added 696,000 minivans and SUVs to a 2011 recall to fix faulty ignition switches. Those recalls included Dodge Journey SUVs and Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Caravan and Volkswagen Routan minivans — which Chrysler made for the German automaker — from the 2007 to 2010 model years.
Chrysler says owners of those recalled vehicles should use only a single ignition key to start the cars, rather than a bunch of keys on a key ring, to create less pressure on the switch mechanism. It also says drivers should sit so their knees aren't close to the ignition switch.
Chrysler said its engineers are working on a way to fix the problem.
Chrysler would not say how much it will cost the company to conduct the recalls.
Customer with questions can call Chrysler Group’s Customer Information Center at 800-853-1403.