Fiat Chrysler Forced To Re-Recall over 700,000 Vehicles

By on March 12, 2015
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Fiat Chrysler will be re-recalling over 700,000 of their SUVs and minivans to fix malfunctioning ignition switches that can cause the vehicles to stall unexpectedly.

Chrysler is also issuing a warning to car owners to remove everything but the ignition key from their key rings while operating their vehicles until repairs can be made. The faulty ignition switches can accidentally slip from the “run” to “off” position on rough roads, causing the engines to stall without warning, resulting in the power shutting off. Once that occurs, the power steering and brakes cut out which can cause a crash.

No power also disables the air bags, according to documents posted Friday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The re-recall covers the same problem for the Dodge Journey SUVs as well as Chrysler Town and Country and Dodge Caravan minivans from the 2008 through 2010 model years.

Chrysler announced that they will replace the faulty switches, but the newer parts are now being manufactured and won’t be immediately available. Owners will probably have to until at least April. Until an official date is announced, the key rings should be cleared because heavy swinging keys can aid switches to change positions.

A similar problem occurred when General Motors Corp. was forced to recall 2.6 million of their smaller cars last year. The faulty GM switches caused crashes that killed 57 people and injured at least 104 other individuals. GM has also acknowledged knowing about the deadly problem for a decade but didn’t recall the cars until last year.

The safety administration began investigating the Chrysler vehicles last June, after problems surfaced with the GM ignition switches. The investigation found similar problems and an announcement was made this week, after Chrysler agreed to replace the switches, according to documents from the probe. Chrysler and the safety administration received 89 consumer complaints about the switches with luckily only one accident report and no injuries.

 

Fiat Chrysler U.S. spokesman Eric Mayne announced that about 196,000 minivans and Journeys from the 2010 model year were repaired under a 2011 recall that addressed the potential stalling problem. But it turns out that those vehicles still had problems with the switches sticking.

 

All 703,000 minivans and SUVs will now get completely new switches made by an all-new manufacturer, according to the NHTSA reports.

 

Chrysler plans to start contacting owners directly to bring their vehicles in for repairs beginning April 6th.