New Ignition Switch Recalls

Another major U.S. auto maker is recalling another record number of vehicles due to a faulty ignition switch.

Chrysler has announced that it is recalling some 349,442 cars and SUVs   manufactured in 2008 because of potential dangers surrounding the switches.

Officials at Chrysler said that the switch can suffer a range of malfunctions including getting stuck moving out of position which can lead to shut off the engine while the vehicle is in motion. Additionally, this issue can also cause airbags in the model year vehicles to fail to function.

The announcement includes the following vehicles in the recall: 2008 models of Dodge Charger sedans, Dodge Magnum station wagons, Chrysler 300 sedans, Jeep Commander and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs.

Chrysler Group indicated that so far to date there has only been one minor accident that may possibly have been related to a malfunction of the ignition switch or airbag. So far, the company says there have been no injuries as a result of the defective parts.

Additionally, Chrysler has said that customers with vehicles that are within the recall will be notified and will be able to schedule servicing and replacement of the defective parts at no charge.

In the meantime, however, Chrysler is asking that owners be certain that the keys are in the “on” position when placed in the ignition when starting their vehicles. Vehicle owners are also urged to remove their ignition key from key rings and any other objects and use only the key in the ignition while driving at least until the part is replaced by their dealership.

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