Chrysler just announced a recall of about 350,000 vehicles to repair a faulty ignition switch that can cut power to a vehicle's airbags, steering, and engine. The vehicles are 2008 model Dodge Chargers, Dodge Magnums, Dodge Magnum station wagons, Chrysler sedans, Jeep Commanders, and Jeep Grand Cherokees.
According to Chrysler, after starting the ignition keys on some of those vehicles, the vehicles may not fully return to the "on" position. In some cases, the key would return to accessory mode, which causes the steering wheel and air bags to lose power. Fortunately, the company is aware of no injuries that were caused by the defect.
This recall is similar to the problems that led General Motors to recall 2.6 million vehicles. GM found that if there was a jarring of or too much weight on the ignition key ring the ignition switch could move from the "on" position to the accessory position. GM continued to use the switch until it issued a recall earlier this year. The ignition switches have been linked to 21 deaths. The company is facing a $35 million fine and numerous investigations and personal injury lawsuits.
When an automaker manufactures a car with a safety defect, it is responsible for all damages that occur as a result of the accident. If you have been involved in an accident that was caused by a defective vehicle, call the Houston defective automobile attorneys at 888-894-0119, or reach out to us on our LinkedIn page.