The public might associated ignition switch recalls with General Motors – and with good cause – but that's not the only automaker calling its vehicles back in to fix that sort of issue.

Last month we reported that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was investigating an array of Chrysler Group vehicles for electrical-related safety issues. The administration and Chrysler subsequently issued a recall for 700,000 Dodge Journey crossovers, Dodge Grand Caravan minivans and Chrysler Town & Country minivans. But while the Jeeps that were also under investigation were not covered in that recall, they are being addressed in a separate one now.

Although Chrysler reports that it is only aware of a single accident stemming from this issue, it is "committing now to conduct a recall out of an abundance of caution." The recall affects the 2006-2007 Jeep Commander and 2005-2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee, of which it reports there are 792,300 on the road: 649,900 in the United States, 28,800 in Canada, 12,800 in Mexico and a further 100,800 outside of North America.

Chrysler is calling in the affected units for similar reasons it recalled the aforementioned minivans and crossovers, and for which GM has recalled millions of its vehicles: namely, that the ignition could be accidentally turned off due to excess weight (like other keys and fobs) attached to the ignition key, or from contact with the driver's knee. As a result, the engine could stall, the power brakes and steering could be disabled and the front airbags may deactivate. The automaker says its "engineers are working to develop a remedy" for the issue.

In an entirely separate announcement, Chrysler is also calling in approximately 21,000 late-model vehicles to inspect and potentially replace their shocks and/or struts. The company reports that a supplier found that the suspension components could "break free from their mounts, which could potentially lead to reduced shock damping and possible loss of vehicle control." The vehicles affected include the 2014 Ram 1500, 2015 Jeep Cherokee and 2015 Chrysler 200 – specifically those built in the 16 days leading up to June 6, 2014. Read the full details of both recalls in the announcements below.
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Statement: Ignition-Switch Performance
July 22, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -
Chrysler Group LLC will recall an undetermined number of older-model SUVs in connection with an investigation of ignition-switch performance.

Engineers are working to develop a remedy and Chrysler is committing now to conduct a recall out of an abundance of caution.

Chrysler Group is unaware of any related injuries. The Company is aware of a single reported accident and a relatively small number of complaints involving 0.015 percent of the subject vehicle population.

Preliminary investigation suggests an outside force, usually attributed to contact with the driver's knee, may move ignition keys from the "on" position in certain model-year 2006-2007 Jeep Commander and 2005-2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs. Such an occurrence may cause engine stall, reducing braking power and making steering more difficult. Safety features such as frontal airbags may also be disabled.

The Company expects to identify affected customers and advise them by mid-September when they may schedule service, the cost of which will be borne by Chrysler Group. This timing complies with regulations governing recalls and owner notification.

The precise number of affected vehicles will be determined by the investigation. 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 Commander is no longer in production and the Grand Cherokee has since been completely redesigned; newer models are not subject to the recall.

Owners of model-year 2006-2007 Jeep Commanders and 2005-2007 Grand Cherokees are advised to assure there is clearance between their knees and the keys. As a further precaution, they are advised to remove all items from their key rings, leaving only their ignition keys.

Concerned customers may also call Chrysler Group's Customer Information Center at 1-800-853-1403.


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Statement: Shock Inspection/Replacement
July 22, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Chrysler Group is recalling an estimated 21,000 vehicles to inspect and, if necessary, replace the shocks and/or struts.

Chrysler Group is staging the campaign to identify vehicles that may have been assembled using a shipment of shocks and struts that do not meet the Company's quality standards. Accordingly, the components may break free from their mounts, which could potentially lead to reduced shock damping and possible loss of vehicle control.

The issue was identified by a supplier. Chrysler Group is unaware of any related injuries, accidents or complaints.

Affected are certain 2014 Ram 1500 pickups, 2015 Jeep Cherokee SUVs and 2015 Chrysler 200 sedans assembled within a 16-day period ending June 6 of 2014.

An estimated 14,300 vehicles are in the U.S.; 5,300 are in Canada; 160 are in the Mexico and 2,000 are outside the NAFTA region.

Chrysler Group will contact affected customers and advise them when service is available. All costs related to the campaign will be borne by the Company.

Customers with additional questions may call Chrysler Group's Customer Information Center at 1-800-853-1403.


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      MZR2.3
      • 5 Months Ago
      Why so much defense for Chrysler? Is everyone so eager to ignore history and gulp down marketing coolaid?
      Britt Benston
      • 5 Months Ago
      If there's excess weight on a key fob, so much that it could force the ignition key the other way, whose fault is that? The automaker?
        BodyBlue
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Britt Benston
        I agree that people put too much crap on key rings......but most other car makers never had that problem so that excuse is lacking.
        yuno07
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Britt Benston
        Pathetic excuses being made for a non-human organization by fanboys...... Why am I not surprised?
        Larry Litmanen
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Britt Benston
        If it wasn't why would gov make them recall the car.
      BodyBlue
      • 5 Months Ago
      This makes one realize how far Chrysler has come....the decent to excellent products they are making today from the garbage to decent products they were making just a few years ago.
      Alan
      • 5 Months Ago
      Chrysler has been making garbage vehicles for years. I remember talking to two workers at the Kenosha Jeep plant that told me the line foreman told the workers to go ahead and install a shipment of defective engines! His comment was "let the warranty people worry about it!" With that kind of attitude from the bosses, it is no wonder Chrysler is having problems. Not to mention that since so few parts are being made in the US, it would not surprise me one iota to find out that Chrysler and GM are both buying the ignition switches from a company that imports them from, well, you can guess where.
        Bill Burke
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Alan
        I don't believe that engine story for one second, total nonsense. Chrysler has been making generally high quality vehicles and is having fewer quality issues by industry standards and under it's new merged company is actively addressing any lingering issues to improve upon a rather good build quality rating. Check your facts,,,,PLEASE !
      Larry Litmanen
      • 5 Months Ago
      You know who i feel sorry for a Chysler mechanic name Anthony or Tony, how many people a day come with exactly the same joke Fix It Again Tony.
      Tanisha
      • 5 Months Ago
      I have a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee what happens after your vehicle is recalled does chrysler offer you another vehicle or do you have to buy your own vehicle?
      Michael Foster
      • 4 Months Ago

      I own a 2006 Grand Cherokee with 76000 miles. Over the last 3 years I have had the engine cut off at least a dozen times. I have nothing on my key to weight it down. I have also had all the lights on the dash come on or blink while driving, both these conditions have gone away after turning the ignition off and on My mechanic says it is caused by a module on the back of the ignition switch.

      pickupmiami
      • 4 Months Ago
      FIAT...Fix It Again Tony.. FIAT...Fix It Again Tony.. get it
      Terry Anderson
      • 5 Months Ago
      I have an 05 Grand Cherokee and I hope they replace the key with push button ignition so much safer I think. That's what I would want in mine. And to all of you putting down Jeep To each his own.
      Bad_Andy
      • 5 Months Ago
      We had a 2006 Commander Limited Hemi and this definitely happened on at least 2 occasions at over 50MPH. Luckily it happened on a long, straight highway in North Carolina with non-existent traffic. The scary thing is, the Commander was quiet enough - even with the Hemi - that I didn't notice the engine wasn't running until after I noticed the power steering was stiff. Since I knocked it into ACC with my knee, the A/C and radio were still going. Again, our incidents didn't lead to an accident, but it is very scary to read about this years later. Also, I had nothing on my keyring. I'm 6'2" and was adjusting my ass in the seat because we were on a long drive to vacation with a fully packed SUV (4 adults and 1 toddler and all luggage).
        Bill Burke
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Bad_Andy
        This is a shared incident, a poor design and driver error. That is why ignition buttons are replacing keys. Let's hope they will all be designed and manufactured in the United States from now on.
        Larry Litmanen
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Bad_Andy
        If you love your family buy a Honda. Was it worth it to endanger your everything for that company?
          Bad_Andy
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Larry Litmanen
          Hindsight is 20/20, but apparently class and tact isn't.
          smilez1105
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Larry Litmanen
          Just...TOOL!
      Shad0wguy
      • 5 Months Ago
      My mom has an 05 Grand Cherokee. Just sent her a link to this article. All these ignition switch recalls is making a good case for push button ignitions with proximity keys.
        Thomas O'Brien
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Shad0wguy
        Tom O'Brien My 2005 Jeep is haunted. For three years it has turned off the headlights at night while I was driving, engine died twice, head lights and dash lights blink on and off, heater/cooling fan stops blowing air, trouble lights go on for different systems and then it returns to normal operation. Had the vehicle into two different dealers with the same results.......nothing was able to be fixed because they couldn't figure what was happening. I still have the vehicle and it's still haunted. I don't drive this car at night-too dangerous.
          Jeff
          • 3 Months Ago
          @Thomas O'Brien

          i ave a 2006 that does the exact same thing. is there a recall called. i called the chrysler dealer i bought it from and they said NO. $90 an hour plz.

          Ronald Oguma Phipps
          • 2 Months Ago
          @Thomas O'Brien

          I am have all that same shit with my jeep too.

      Ronald Lester
      • 3 Months Ago

      We just had a recall done on our 2005 jeep, since then we have received 2 more post cards, we had the one done for the ignition switch don't remember, code no, today received another one does garage send in when done. Since we had this fixed the vehicle has shut done once again, when driving. Key has been only one on separate holder. This one received today is P41 is it different then last recall.

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