GM isn’t the only automaker recalling droves of vehicles for ignition-switch-related problems. Chrysler Group is getting in on the action, too. It’s going to recall certain 2006-2007 Jeep Commanders and 2005-2007 Jeep Grand Cherokees.
“Approximately 792,300 are implicated – 649,900 in the U.S.; 28,800 in Canada; 12,800 in Mexico and 100,800 outside of the NAFTA region.” The exact number of SUVs that will be covered by the recall will be determined by an investigation.
According to the Associated Press, “Chrysler has now recalled more than 1.7 million vehicles for ignition-switch problems. In June, the company added 696,000 minivans and SUVs to a 2011 recall to fix faulty ignition switches. Those recalls covered Dodge Journey SUVs and Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Caravan and [Chrysler-made] Volkswagen Routan minivans … from the 2007 to 2010 model years.”
If your knee comes into contact with the key, it might move the device out of the “on” position. That may stall your engine, disable your front airbags, reduce braking power and make steering more difficult.
Fortunately, Chrysler is only aware of one accident related to this issue; “A relatively small number of complaints involving 0.015 percent of the subject vehicle population” has been filed.
Should your Jeep be identified as one under the umbrella of this initiative, expect to be contacted by mid-September about when you can schedule your free service. Until then, keep space between your knees and keys, and remove everything except your key from your key ring.