FCA Recalls More Than 700,000 Minivans, SUVs for Ignition Switch
Owners Advised to Remove Extra Keys, Fobs from Ignition Key
The issue with ignition switches strikes again, this time with FCA brand minivans and crossovers from 2008 to 2010. The company is recalling 702,578 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans from the 2008 to 2010 model years and Dodge Journey crossovers from 2009 to 2010. As General Motors did with its recall involving a similar issue, FCA is advising owners to remove all fobs and extra keys from the ignition key until the recall repair has been performed.
Road conditions or a “jarring event” could cause the ignition switch to move to the off or accessory position, shutting down the engine, and disabling the airbag restraint systems, power brake assist, and power steering. The company plans on starting the recall repair campaign for 2008 and 2009 models in April and for 2010 models starting in August. Last month, FCA issued a recall for Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango models for a fuel pump relay issue that prevented some vehicles from starting. That recall was an extension to an earlier recall from September 2014. Concerned customers can call FCA’s customer information center at 800-853-1403 or call the NHTSA vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236.