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U.S. REGULATORS INVESTIGATING CHRYSLER FOR POSSIBLE IGNITION-SWITCH DEFECTS

Posted on Friday, August 8th, 2014 at 1:48 pm    

Reuters recently reported that U.S. Safety Regulators are now investigating approximately 1.2 million Chrysler vehicles for potential ignition-switch problems similar to those experienced in many General Motors cars. Currently Chrysler is the subject of two investigations involving possible nondeployment of air bags because of potentially defective ignition switches.

The Chrysler vehicles being investigated include some Chrysler and Dodge minivans, Dodge Journeys and Jeep SUVs.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), they had received complaints of engines stalling in the Chrysler models being investigated, but NHTSA was not aware of any incidents where the air bags did not deploy. Chrysler said that they will cooperate fully with the investigation.

Some safety advocates have suggested that the problems with faulty ignition switches that cause air bags to fail may extend to other manufacturers besides GM and Chrysler. Meanwhile NHTSA, continues to investigate similar issues at General Motors. To date, General Motors has recalled more than 20 million vehicles worldwide.

For more information see: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/18/us-autos-chrysler-nhtsa-idUSKBNOET1TB20140618.