​Ignition Fears Spark A 700k Recall From Chrysler

Not to be left out of the recall news today, Chrysler has expanded a recall from 2010 to include another 695,957 vehicles for an ignition issue that sounds awfully familiar.

According to the release from Chrysler:

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.

Chrysler says it's recalling the vehicles "out of an abundance of caution" after the issue was found through the automaker's internal quality control program and input from customers.

The original 196,000-vehicle recall affected the Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, and Journey built between August 2, 2009 and June 17, 2010, but this new recall extends from January 29, 2007 through August 1, 2009. In both cases, a new component – a Wireless Ignition Node detent ring – is installed, however NHTSA wants a more detailed explanation on how the switch relates to airbag failures.