The first recall affects about 58,000 cars and SUVs equipped with manual transmissions. In those vehicles, the clutch ignition interlock switches will need to be replaced as the automaker has said the wire in the switches, which was recalled in a previous campaign, is defective. That recall affects a total of 43,874 2006 Jeep Liberty and Wrangler models along with the 2006 Dodge Viper in the U.S. Another 2,944 vehicles are affected in Canada, 706 in Mexico and 11,309 in other markets around the world.
“The wire, which was temporarily substituted by a supplier for the specified material, may break. As a result, the vehicles may not start, and in rare cases — if recommended starting procedures are not followed — a vehicle may exhibit unintended movement when its ignition key is turned,” the company said.
The automaker currently recommends that owners of the vehicles activate the parking brake, place the shift lever in neutral and press the clutch pedal prior to turning the vehicle’s ignition key. No accidents or injuries related to the issue have been reported.
The second recall affects about 4,000 vans in North America and covers the 2015 Ram ProMaster City and includes 2,400 in the U.S. In that recall, the automaker will remove a section of tape from the side-curtain air bags. The defect was found during a test to evaluate component function, when engineers discovered the tape could prevent the air bags from deploying fully. No crashes or injuries have been reported related to this issue as well.
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