Chrysler Recalls 350,000 Cars And SUVs For Ignition Problem

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General Motors has had the lion's share of auto recalls this year, but Chrysler has had quite a few too. They've added 350,000 more cars and SUVs to that list for ignition switch problems.

Chrysler is recalling an estimated 349,442 Dodge Chargers, Dodge Magnums, Chrysler 300s, Jeep Commanders and Jeep Grand Cherokees, all from the 2008 model year and all built before May 12, 2008.

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The vehicles in question:

may not fully return to the "ON" position after rotation to the "START" position during engine-startup. Instead, they may remain between the "START" and "ON" positions. If this occurs, windshield defroster and wiper function may be lost. Air bag function is not affected.

Less probable is the prospect that an ignition key may not fully return to the "ON" position after rotation to the "START" position and may inadvertently move through the "ON" position to "ACCESSORY" or "OFF." If this occurs, it may result in reduced braking power and a loss of engine power, power steering, and one or more of the vehicle's safety features including front air bags.

Get your cars fixed if you get a recall notice, and in the meantime, Chrysler advises you take all the extra stuff off your key ring.

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DISCUSSION

themushman
themushman

My Charger has this issue. Its never been of much concern to me. Basically when you start it, car cranks over, let off the key, and it doesnt click all the way back into "run"..so the car is non responsive until you click it back a little more. Its more of a very light annoyance than anything.

For what its worth....