Chrysler is once again recalling a host of vehicles over a problem with the ignition switch.
The Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country minivans from the 2008 and 2010 model year are being recalled along with Dodge Journey SUVs from the 2009 and 2010 model year. A total of 702,578 vehicles are affected by this new recall, though many of them have been recalled before for the same problem.
In the affected vehicles, the ignition switch may move into the ‘accessory’ or ‘off’ position when driving over rough road, causing the engine to shut off which disables the airbags, power steering and power brakes. Chrysler previously replaced the wireless ignition node in the affected vehicles, but this time the company will replace the entire ignition switch unit.
Chrysler is advising drivers to remove everything hanging from their key rings to get rid of excess weight on the ignition switch until the repairs can be made. The company plans to begin fixing vehicles from the 2008-2009 model year in April while the 2010 vehicles will get the repair in August.
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