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Chrysler recalls vehicles for engine shutoff risk

By Religare

Chrysler is recalling 248,437 2010 vehicles, including the Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan and Dodge Journey AWD, because an electrical system ignition problem can cause the engine to shut off, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"Some vehicles may experience inadvertent ignition key displacement from the run to accessory position while driving, causing the engine to shut off," said NHTSA in its recalls summary of the problem. "Engine shutoff while driving could increase the risk of a crash."


In other documentation filed with the federal government, Chrysler said it has received approximately 32 customer complaints and 465 warranty claims for the affected vehicles involving inadvertent engine shutoff while driving. Chrysler said it is aware of "two alleged rear-end collisions arising from the condition."

A Chrysler internal investigation found that an engine shutoff condition can occur if a vehicle is started and the key fob is released and springs back on its intended On position, "but over-travels and hangs up between the On and ACC (accessory) detents," the automaker said. "Harsh roadway conditions or driver interaction with the key fob can cause the key fob position to move to either the On or ACC detent position. Movement to the ACC detent position will shut down engine power," it told NHTSA.

Story first published: Friday, March 4, 2011, 12:33 [IST]
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