Recall Alert: 291,703 Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep Vehicles Suffer From Faulty Ignition Switches

After the Chrysler Group began an investigation into wireless ignition node (WIN) module concerns, the American automaker notified the NHTSA it's recalling a whopping 291,703 vehicles over a fault similar to the General Motors ignition switch recall saga.
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Chrysler says that affected cars are equipped with an ignition key that may not return to the "on" position after being rotated to the "start" position. As such, the key and ignition cylinder stick between the two positions. The automaker informs that the ignition may also move from "run" to "off" or "accessory".

Such a scenario leads to the engine turning off, which isn't a nice situation to find yourself in especially while the vehicle is being driven on a crowded highway. In addition to the previously detailed, Chrysler notes a further consequence of the condition. If the ignition sticks between "start" and "on", that may cause the loss of certain electrical functions, as in airbags, the power steering, power braking, the lot.

But here comes the most ROFL part of this particular recall campaign - the remedy for this fault is currently under development, so all of those 2008 model year Jeep Commander, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Charger, Dodge Magnum and Chrysler 300 vehicles are being recalled, but the fix isn't ready yet. As if that wasn't enough of a screw up, the American carmaker hasn't provided a notification schedule.

Nevertheless, affected owners are recommended to contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 1-888-327-4236 for further info on this peculiar issue.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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