Chrysler Recalls SUVs

Chrysler has recalled an estimated 792,000 vehicles for faulty ignition switches. The affected vehicles are all SUVs with model years ranging from 2005 to 2007. The specific models in question are Jeep Commanders from model years 2006-2007 and Jeep Grand Cherokees from 2005-2007.

When a person is driving the vehicles, they may bump their keys with a knee. In these particular models, a simple bump can have serious consequences. The ignition switch problem can cause the ignition key to move out of the “on” position while the car is being driven, causing the engine to stall. This can even also cause the front airbags to stop working.

So far, no injuries have been reported to the company related to this problem, but one accident has been linked to the issue. The company will continue to investigate if the issue has caused any other accidents. After this investigation and a full engineering review of models with this ignition switch, the exact number of recalled vehicles will be determined and affected customers will be contacted.

The investigation is expected to finish by mid-September of 2014. At this time, customers will be able to bring the affected SUVs to dealerships for repairs. In the meantime, Chrysler is urging customers to remove all other keys and items from key chains and to make sure to keep knees a safe distance from the ignition.

Recall Will Add to Millions of Vehicles Already Recalled for Faulty Ignition Switches

Problems with ignition switches have already caused millions of vehicles to be recalled in 2014. In June, Chrysler recalled 696,000 minivans and SUVs for a related issue. GM has similarly recalled over 14 million vehicles for faulty ignition switches in 2014.

The faulty ignition switches in the affected GM vehicles were made by major U.S. auto parts supplier Delphi. There are concerns that this issue may affect other cars supplied by the same company. It is still unknown if the Chrysler recall is caused by the same problem, as a spokesperson for the company would not say what company made the ignition switches in the recalled SUVs.

Chrysler has promised to get to the root of the problem as quickly as possible. The company has assured the public that newer models of the Jeep Grand Cherokee would not be affected by the same problem, because the vehicle has since been completely redesigned. The Jeep Commander is no longer being manufactured.