Chrylser Group LLC has announced a recall of more than 248,000 automobiles due to a defect that could allow the engine to shut off without warning.
According to a notice posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website, Chrysler, which is managed by Italy's Fiat SpA, knew of two rear-end collisions that may have stemmed from the defect. The company said the vehicles in question feature a design defect in which harsh road conditions or driver contact with the key could move the key to the accessory position and shut down the engine.
The affected models are the Dodge Journey crossover, the Grand Caravan Minivan, and the Chrysler Town & Country minivans. The vehicles were made between August 3, 2009 and June 17, 2010. The vehicles were sold in the 2010 model year.
The company launched an internal investigation last September to evaluate a growing number of reports about engine stalling and shutdown in the vehicles. Chrysler said it received 32 customer complaints and 465 warranty claims for the affected vehicles.
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