Chrysler is being targeted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in a pair of actions that focus on over 1.2 million Jeeps, minivans and crossovers.

The first is a "preliminary investigation" that focuses on an airbag issue afflicting the Jeep Commander built in model years 2006 and 2007 and Grand Cherokee from 2005 to 2006. In total, 700,000 vehicles could potentially be affected. It's not entirely clear what the airbag issue is, with The Detroit Free Press simply stating that the restraint systems in the affected Jeeps may be "faulty."

The other investigation is what's called a "recall query" and it covers a problem that General Motors should be familiar with. In this case, there could be a problem with the ignition switches of 525,000 vehicles, ranging from 2008 to 2010 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans, to the 2008 to 2010 Dodge Journey crossover. Again, it's not entirely clear what sort of behavior prompted the 32 complaints that NHTSA has received on these vehicles.

"Chrysler Group is awaiting additional information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Company has begun its own investigation and is prepared to cooperate fully with the agency," Chrysler told Autoblog in a short, emailed statement.

Of course, we'll stay with this story as it develops.


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  • 11 Comments
      AGSHOP
      • 6 Months Ago
      both our shops caravans had a recall and the ignition switch got a plastic block so it stays in the on position.
      jacandjil
      • 1 Month Ago

      2009 Dodge Charger that doesn't start sometimes, have to wait a while before it restarts. Then at times it wants to shut off while driving and when you try to restart the vehicle it goes through the motion of trying to start and keeps shutting back off.

      jacandjil
      • 1 Month Ago


      mmm
      • 6 Months Ago
      Well , do you think Chrysler ended up wiith the same switch made by Delphi as GM? IT smells like it to me!
        rlog100
        • 6 Months Ago
        @mmm
        Its likely based on the Airbag strategy. Airbags deploying when you don't want them to is dangerous, especially if someone is working on a car with their head down by the steering wheel. If they airbag deploys it will break your neck. Having the airbag not energized when the key is not in run, is one layer of safeguard against that and other unwanted deployments. So now you have an intersection of a safety strategy which is good if everything works correctly and a defect creating an unintended consequence. Depend how many automakers have followed that strategy
      Bill Burke
      • 6 Months Ago
      No deaths, no cover ups, very limited complaints......no issue here.
      churchmotor
      • 6 Months Ago
      Probably installed by UAW scum like yonomo200 and normc32
      Ted
      • 6 Months Ago
      Millions of cars...Six years old.....32 Complaints? This is news or a Joke ?
      skoobey
      • 6 Months Ago
      There has to be another reason for all these recalls. Is some tax being lowered for companies involved in recalls? Some other benefit? We have GMO food, bad roads and bad healthcare, but somehow all of a sudden vehicles are found to be so unsafe. Yes, those are far from perfect products, bit isn't it much more of a problem if the road is in horrible shape, or if there is no ER available, than that an exhaust pipe fell of here and there, or that ignition isn't working? I mean let's be realistic.
      Linda
      • 6 Months Ago
      We have a 2010 Town and Country. Bought it new. We have had numerous problems with this car. But within the last year, it is stalling while driving, and sometimes won't start, both intermittent. We have had it in to the dealer numerous times, and same response. Can't get it to duplicate, can't find anything wrong. I do a lot of freeway driving, and have my 3 and 6 year old grandkids in the car. It scares me to death that someone is going to crash into me from behind when my car stalls!!! I guess Chrysler is waiting for deaths before they fix the problem with a recall for that! Just don't know what to do to get a fix for this problem.
      Kara
      • 5 Months Ago
      I have the 2010 4.0l model. Van completely shuts down randomly. Power brakes and steering gone. Very scary at higher speeds. Had the camshaft sensor replaced and still stalls. No trust in this vehicle or manufacturer anymore. We own 3 dodge vehicles and I will not be buying another. The 'death trap' as we call it is going back to the shop next week again to try something else. Hope I don't get into an accident before Chrysler figures out what is wrong with these plagued vehicles.
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