In a statement released by Chrysler, the FIAT owned company said, “Chrysler Group investigated and found the ignition keys on certain model-year 2008 vehicles produced before May 12, 2008, may not fully return to the “ON” position after rotation to the “START” position during engine-startup.”
This malfunction could cause drivers to lose of control over the windshield defroster and windshield wipers. More disturbingly, though…
“[They also found that the malfunction] 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.”
Chrysler has recommended that customers detach their ignition keys from their key rings until the problem is fixed.
According to the report, the recall impacts 2008 models of the:
- Dodge Chargers
- Dodge Magnum station wagons
- Chrysler 300 Sedans
- Jeep Commanders
- Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs
Unlike the massive GM recall and subsequent cover-up, this ignition switch recall has not proven to be nearly as deadly. According to the Chrysler statement, “Among the vehicles subject to recall, Chrysler Group is aware of a single minor accident that was possibly related to either condition. The company is unaware of any injuries.”
Congratulations Chrysler. Your vehicle malfunction is not as bad as GM’s, which is responsible for 100+ deaths. At least there’s that.