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Chrysler Catches GM's Illness

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On: Thu, Jul 3, 2014 at 1:24PM | By: Karen Cook

Chrysler Catches GM's Illness

You know how when one kid at school gets a cold, lots of kids at school end up with a cold? I don’t know the precise location of General Motors factories in relation to Chrysler’s, but it seems like GM’s ignition switch disease is spreading.

Chrysler is recalling 695,957 vehicles for the same problem that has been plaguing GM for months. The affected vehicles are Chrysler Town and Country and Dodge Grand Caravans from model years 2008-2010 which were made between January 27th, 2007 and June 17th, 2010. Also covered are Dodge Journeys from model years 2009-2010 built between June 29th, 2007 and June 17th, 2010. They all have FOB keys. 525,206 are in the United States. 102,892 are in Canada, 25,591 are in Mexico, and the balance of 42,268 are located in other countries globally.

Chrysler says that the models’ wireless ignition node detent ring in the ignition switch is faulty which can make the key look as though it is in the run position even though the spring did not fully catch. This mean the key can slide back into the accessory position and shut the car off with no warning. The driver would then lose the power steering, power brakes, and other features of less importance. The airbags would also get no signal to deploy in a crash, which is made far more likely by the loss of the aforementioned amenities.

Owners will receive a notice in the mail, but no date has been set yet for the mail-out to begin. There have been no reports of crashes, injuries or deaths due to this malfunction so far. Drivers are instructed to remove all but the ignition key from the king ring to minimize the chances of this occurrence.

Dealers are authorized to install a new detent ring on all affected vehicles at no cost to owners. Questions may be directed to Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is L25.


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