Chrysler Recalls 250,000 Minivans, Crossovers to Fix Engine Stalling

Chrysler Group is recalling nearly half a million popular minivan and crossover models because the engines may unexpectedly turn off while driving, increasing the risk for a crash, according to a notice posted Thursday on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.

Vehicles involved include 2010 Dodge Journey crossover utility vehicles, and Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivan models that were manufactured from Aug. 3, 2009 through June 17, 2010. In total, Chrysler is recalling 248,437 vehicles, according to the notice.

The Auburn Hills, Mich.-based company said the problem is caused by ignition keys that may move from the "run" to the "accessory" position while driving, causing the engine to shut off and possibly leading to a crash.

Harsh roadway conditions can cause the key to move and result in the engine shutting down, Chrysler told NHTSA.

Chrysler, which began its investigation into the problem in September, said it has received 32 complaints and 465 warranty claims related to the defect. The company said it's aware of two rear-end crashes that have been attributed to the problem.

The safety recall is expected to begin next month, Chrysler said. Owners of affected vehicles can call the company at 800-853-1403.

This latest automotive industry recall follows two smaller actions taken by Ford Motor (F) on Wednesday. The twin recalls involve about 32,000 pickup trucks and utility vehicles that may catch fire because of fuel leaks or electrical shortages.

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larrikin01

How come this is not making trash headlines in block letters like the Toyota scandal did? This is American made in Detroit crap cars owned by Europeans that Imam Obama gave away our social security and unemployment money to help bail them out, because they were going to build better cars than the Japanese-ooops So Sorry!

April 26 2011 at 3:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tercorp1

I own a 2007 Dodge Caliber,& I have experienced,that very same condition ...

April 21 2011 at 3:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
diamond4you

I own a Dodge Charger SRT8 that has done the same thing a few times. Good to know there is a problem that can be fixed.

April 21 2011 at 2:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jean Karpinski

DID YOU KNOW THAT CHRYSLER LIKE MINNIE OTHER CAR COMPANY HAVE MOVED THERE CUSTOMER SERVICE DEPTS. AND OTHER JOBS OVER SEAS LIKE TO INDIA WE HAVE HAD A CHRYSLER CAR FOR OVER 20 YEARS BUT FORD IS STILL THE ONLY ONE I CAN FIND THAT WHEN YOU CALL YOU ARE STILL TALKING TO SOME ONE IN THE USA PEOPLE WAKE DONT BUY IF THE COMPANY CANT BRING THE JOBS BACK TO THE USA IT IS TIME TO STAND UP AND LET THEM KNOW OUR PEOPLE HAVE TO WORK TOO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE STAND TOGETHER ON THIS DONT BUY IF NOT MADE IN USA OR WORKERS ARE NOT HERE YOU WILL SEE THINGS CHANGE FOR ONCE HOLD TOGETHER WE ARE AMERICANS LETS DO WHAT WE CAN TO SAY STOP OUR PEOPLE HAVE TO WORK BUY ONLY GOOD OLD USA AND BRING OUR JOBS HOME

April 18 2011 at 6:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
susanfarner

MY FRIEND HAS A JOURNEY AN IT IS A DEATH TRAP THE DEALER JUST KEEPS GUESSING WHEN SHE TAKES IT IN WHITCH IS ABOUT EVERY TEN DAYS.

March 31 2011 at 10:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tim Brigan

Im going back for my fifth oil pan gasket change in 30,000 warrentied miles(09 impala)..the dealer makes more money fixing todays cars than selling them..why would they want quality? A letter to the manufacturer will probably get me the excuse that its my fault for letting there incompetant people work on it! no wonder there asking for us to bail them out..make us pay twice so they can steal and hide the profits through big bonuses. yes a big bonus for people who caused the company to fail..only in america!

March 31 2011 at 3:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
loki0518

PITSLASHER do you proofread anything you write. If you are going to make comments maybe you should do so only on things you know about. Chrysler is 1 Automanufacturer(They one being discussed in the article) GM is a totally different Manufacturer. 1 that i am sure would not do anything to support Chrysler since they are in competion. And GM is in no way part of Congress. They may lobby Congress or pressure them into doing things but they are NOT part of it. Please sit back and read in the future and only talk when it pertains to something you are in fact knowledgable about.

March 23 2011 at 11:09 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
jksweene

How about removing the 100 other keys on the key ring?????

March 23 2011 at 8:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
armyngpyle

Never liked dodge/Chrysler, poor quality, service was bad, own a dodge for 3 years and was replacing parts left and right and had the maintains done at dealer

March 22 2011 at 12:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MR. SANDERS

since when does 250,000 = nearly half a million and I know peple are going to say "can't the unions build a decent car" and I say why can't the foreigners do the same---bad in all of them---I myself love Chryslers and the company bcause they seem to call their cars and trucks a;ot sooner than the rest--remember Toyota has called back at least 4million vehicles and they are'nt done with the recalls and they had to be made to call back anything in the USA and still have'nt said there's a problem with their vehicles

March 06 2011 at 2:18 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply