Chrysler announced on July 1 that an additional 695,957 minivans have been added to a previous recall to address faulty ignition switches.
In 2010, the automaker recalled 196,000 Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan and Dodge Journey vehicles built between August 2, 2009 to June 17, 2010. The recall expansion now includes those models built between January 29, 2007 to August 1, 2009.
Vehicles produced during that period (January 2007 to June 2010) may experience sudden engine and airbag failure if the ignition key were to switch unexpectedly from "run" to "accessory" position while driving.
This latest recall announcement from Chrysler comes off the heels of the recent GM recall of 2.6 million cars, also due to faulty ignition switches. As per GM's admission, thirteen deaths have been linked to this problem.
Chrysler is unaware of any injuries or deaths caused by defective ignition switches at this time. Of the 695,957 vehicles affected by the recall expansion, nearly 103,000 are in Canada. Dealers will be installing new ignition modules for affected vehicles.
For more information on the expanded recall, see the Chrysler website.