2010 Dodge Grand Caravan (top) and 2010 Dodge Journey (below) - Click either image for high-res image gallery
and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
have announced that the Auburn Hills automaker is recalling 248,437 vehicles due to potentially faulty ignition systems. According to the company, certain 2010 Chrysler Town and Country
, Dodge Grand Caravan
and Dodge Journey
vehicles were built with ignitions that could accidently switch from the "run" position to "accessory," thereby causing the engine to shut off.
Both the company and NHTSA are concerned that the issue could cause an accident. As such, Chrysler will replace the ignition modules free of charge beginning in April of this year.
The recall includes vehicles manufactured between August 3, 2009 and June 17, 2010, and owners can contact Chrysler for more information. Click past the jump for the full recall notice.
[Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Report Date : March 3, 2011 at 03:13 PM
NHTSA Campaign ID number : 11V139000
Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
CHRYSLER / TOWN&COUNTRY 2010
DODGE / GRAND CARAVAN 2010
DODGE / JOURNEY AWD 2010
Manufacturer: CHRYSLER GROUP LLC Mfr's Report Date: MAR 01, 2011
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V139000
NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:IGNITION
Potential Number of Units Affected: 248,437
CHRYSLER IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010 DODGE JOURNEY, GRAND CARAVAN, AND CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY VEHICLES MANUFACTURER FROM AUGUST 3, 2009, THROUGH JUNE 17, 2010. SOME VEHICLES MAY EXPERIENCE INADVERTENT IGNITION KEY DISPLACEMENT FROM THE RUN TO ACCESSORY POSITION WHILE DRIVING CAUSING THE ENGINE TO SHUT OFF.
ENGINE SHUT OFF WHILE DRIVING COULD INCREASE THE RISK OF A CRASH.
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE WIN MODULES FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING APRIL 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHRYSLER AT 1-800-853-1403.
CHRYSLER SAFETY RECALL NO. L02. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .