Here’s a good reason why all new vehicles should have push-button start. “Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2010 Dodge Journey, Grand Caravan, and Chrysler Town & Country vehicles manufactured from August 3, 2009, through June 17, 2010, writes NHTSA. “ Some vehicles may experience inadvertent ignition key displacement from the run to accessory position while driving causing the engine to shut off.”
In all, the recall affects 248,437 vehicles built with the faulty components. “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,” says Edmunds.
The faulty ignition system needs to be replaced, as complaints and two accidents have been reported. “Chrysler said it has reviewed 32 customer complaints and 465 warranty claims pertaining to the issue,” says the Detroit News. “Two rear-end collisions arising from the condition have been reported.”
Dealers will replace the ignition key modules free of charge, and the safety recall is expected to begin in April 2011. Owners can also contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403.