NHTSA investigating Chrysler for airbags, ignition switches

Chrysler is being targeted by the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in a pair of actions that focus on over 1.2 million
minivans and

The first is a «preliminary investigation» that focuses on an
airbag issue afflicting the
Jeep Commander built in model years 2006 and 2007 and
Grand Cherokee from 2005 to 2006. In total, 700,000 vehicles could potentially be affected. It’s not entirely clear what the airbag issue is, with
The Detroit Free Press simply stating that
the restraint systems in the affected Jeeps may be «faulty.»

The other investigation is what’s called a »
recall query» and it covers a problem that
General Motors should be familiar with. In this case, there could be a problem with the ignition switches of 525,000 vehicles, ranging from 2008 to 2010
Chrysler Town & Country and
Dodge Grand Caravan minivans, to the 2008 to 2010
Dodge Journey crossover. Again, it’s not entirely clear what sort of behavior prompted the 32 complaints that NHTSA has received on these vehicles.

Chrysler Group is awaiting additional information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Company has begun its own investigation and is prepared to cooperate fully with the agency,» Chrysler told
Autoblog in a short, emailed statement.

Of course, we’ll stay with this story as it develops.

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