DETROIT, July 22 Chrysler Group LLC said on
Tuesday it is recalling 792,300 older-model Jeep SUVs for
ignition switch problems, the second recall of its kind for the
No. 3 U.S. automaker this year.
This brings to 1.68 million the number of vehicles Chrysler
has recalled for ignition switches that can be bumped out of the
"on" position by a driver's knee, which can cause the engine to
shut off and disable air bags.
Affected are model year 2005 to 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee and
model year 2006 and 2007 Jeep Commander SUVs. Of the recalled
models, 649,900 are in the United States, 28,800 are in Canada,
12,800 in Mexico and 100,800 outside of North America.
A single accident and no injuries have occurred in affected
Grand Cherokee and Commander SUVs, Chrysler said. Chrysler Group
is a unit of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
Chrysler told U.S. safety regulators of the recall on Monday
and said it will begin to notify affected customers by
mid-September. Engineers at Chrysler have yet to find a remedy
for the issue, but are "working to develop" one, Chrysler said
in a statement announcing the recall.
The Commander is no longer in production and the newer
versions of the Grand Cherokee are not subject to the recall.
Chrysler's cross-town rival General Motors Co has
recalled nearly 15 million vehicles globally for ignition-switch
issues that have led to at least 13 deaths.
Last month, Chrysler recalled 891,957 Dodge Grand Caravan
and Chrysler Town & Country minivans from the 2008 and 2009
model years, as well as the 2009 Dodge Journey crossover for
ignition switch problems.
For the minivans and the Journey crossover, Chrysler said it
was aware of two accidents and no injuries related to the issue.
Chrysler would not say how much it will cost the company to
conduct the recalls.
(Reporting by Bernie Woodall; Editing by Dan Grebler)