• Chrysler recalling 700k minivans and Dodge Journey for ignition switch

    From MummyChunk@21:1/5 to All on Sat Feb 27 04:38:13 2016
    General Motors isn't the only automaker with ignition switch problems.
    Chrysler is fighting it also.

    From AB

    Statement: Expansion of Wireless Ignition Node (WIN) safety recall

    July 1, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Out of an abundance of caution,
    Chrysler Group is expanding a previous safety recall to install a more
    robust WIN module detent ring.

    A previous recall in 2010 included 196,000 Chrysler Town &
    Country, Dodge Grand Caravan and Dodge Journey vehicles built August
    2, 2009 through June 17, 2010.

    The expansion includes an additional 695,957 vehicles manufactured
    January 29, 2007 through August 1, 2009.

    Vehicles equipped with a FOB key may experience inadvertent ignition
    switch displacement from the "run" to "accessory"
    position while driving. If the switch is not fully engaged in the
    "on" position of the detent ring inside the module, the
    spring-loaded switch may allow the key to spring past the
    "on" position and into the "accessory" position.
    This action will shut off the engine and passive restraint systems,
    including air bags.

    The issue was originally identified through the Company's internal
    quality control research and customer input. Chrysler Group is unaware
    of any injuries related to the expansion.

    Chrysler Group dealers will, at no cost to customers, install the new
    WIN detent ring in affected vehicles.

    Chrysler Group will contact affected customers and advise them when
    service is available.

    An estimated 525,206 vehicles are located in the U.S.; 102,892 are in
    Canada; 25,591 are in Mexico and 42,268 are outside the NAFTA region.

    Customers with additional questions may call Chrysler Group's Customer Assistance Center at 1-800-853-1403.

    RECALL Subject : Ignition Switch may Turn Off , 1 INVESTIGATION(S)

    Report Receipt Date: JUN 26, 2014
    NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V373000
    Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
    Potential Number of Units Affected: 438,109
    All Products Associated with this Recall
    Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s)
    DODGEJOURNEY 2009-2010

    Manufacturer: Chrysler Group LLC

    This defect can affect the safe operation of the airbag system. Until
    this recall is performed, customers should remove all items from their
    key rings, leaving only the ignition key. The key fob (if applicable),
    should also be removed from the key ring. Chrysler Group LLC
    (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2009-2010 Dodge Journey
    vehicles manufactured June 29, 2007, to June 17, 2010, and 2008-2010
    Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country vehicles
    manufactured January 26, 2007, to June 17, 2010. Road conditions or
    some other jarring event may cause the ignition switch to move out of
    the run position, turning off the engine.

    If the ignition key inadvertently moves into the OFF or ACCESSORY
    position, the engine will turn off, which will then depower various
    key safety systems including but not limited to air bags, power
    steering, and power braking. Loss of functionality of these systems
    may increase the risk of crash and/or increase the risk of injury in
    the event of a crash.

    Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will modify the ignition
    switch, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a
    notification schedule. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is L25. Note: This
    is an expansion of recall 11V-139.

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