Chrysler recalls vehicles with ignition key issues

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Loss of power could affect air bags, power steering, and power braking

Chrysler Group is recalling 291,703 model year 2008 Chrysler 300 vehicles manufactured May 31, 2007, to May 12, 2008; Dodge Magnum vehicles manufactured May 23, 2007, to May 12, 2008; Dodge Charger vehicles manufactured May 24, 2007, to May 12, 2008; Jeep Commander vehicles manufactured April 3, 2007, to May 12, 2008; and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured March 21, 2007, to May 12, 2008.

The ignition key (FOBIK) in the affected vehicles may not return to the "ON" position after being rotated to the "START" position, instead sticking between the two positions. Potentially, while the vehicle is being driven, the ignition may inadvertently move through the "RUN" position to the "ACCESSORY" or "OFF" ignition position, turning off the engine.

If the ignition stays between "START" and "ON" positions it could cause loss of certain electrical functions. If the ignition key inadvertently moves into the "OFF" or "ACCESSORY" position, the engine will turn off, which will then depower various key safety systems including but not limited to air bags, power steering, and power braking. Loss of functionality of these systems may increase the risk of crash and/or increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash.

The remedy for this recall campaign is still under development. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is P57.

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