Chrysler Group joins the recall party
Recalls have spread across the automotive industry like the plague. Affecting manufacturers from all over the world, newspapers are filled with automakers recalling cars left, right, and centre. From small issues, to much larger issues that possess potential dangers for occupants within the vehicle and those around it, manufacturers are adamant to bring vehicles back to the factory and rectify issues once a fault has been diagnosed; the latest entrant to the party – Chrysler.
Carrying out two sets of recalls in a span of four days, it hasn’t been a very calm week for the American Group. While the first recall saw the Group calling back 230,760 vehicles globally for an issue with the fuel pump, the latter was on an even larger scale – 349,000 vehicles for a faulty ignition switch.
Discovering that some fuel pump relays were susceptible to deformation in 2011 models of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango, the recall aims to install a new pump to prevent vehicles from stalling, or not starting. Broken down numerically, the recall affects 188,723 SUVs sold in the United States, 15,898 in Canada, 7,126 in Mexico and 19,013 outside of North America, the company said.
Adding to the recent wave of automobile recalls related to ignition problems, the second recall saw Chrysler pull back precisely 349,442 vehicles worldwide for faulty ignition switches that could cause cars to suddenly turn off while driving. Models affected are believed to be 2008 models of the Jeep Commander, Grand Cherokee, Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, and Dodge Magnum.
Drivers of the affected Chrysler vehicles wrote to federal regulators as early as 2008 reporting unexpected stalling. “Since purchasing the vehicle I have stalled three times,” the driver of a 2008 Jeep Commander wrote to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in September 2008. “To be quite honest, I’m driving a new SUV that I don’t feel safe in.”
Chrysler has given owners of the affected models a temporary prescription similar to the one GM has given owners of its affected models: Remove heavy key rings until the faulty part is repaired.