FCA recalls 703,000 vehicles in U.S. to fix ignition switches
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (NYSE:FCAU) is recalling 702,578 SUVs and minivans to fix faulty ignition switches that can suddenly turn off the engine, according to reports posted Friday by U.S. safety regulators.
The recall covers Chrysler Town, Dodge Grand Caravan and Country minivans from 2008 to 2010 model years and Dodge Journey SUVs from 2009 to 2010.
The company is suggesting customers to remove all items from their key rings excepting the ignition key only, until the switches get fixed. If there is a key fob, it is supposed to be removed, Fiat Chrysler said in announcement published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The company supposed road conditions or a jarring event may cause the ignition switch to move from the accessory position, turning off the engine and disabling the air bags, power steering and power brakes.
The company said it expects to start replacing the faulty ignition switches for the SUVs and 2008-2009 minivans in April and the 2010 vehicles in August. However, some of the vehicles had previously been recalled for the same matter.
Previously, General Motors experienced same ignition switch problem and recalled 2.6 million small cars very last year. At least 57 people were killed and more than 90 people were injured in crashes linked to the defective GM switches.