Chrysler Recalls Town & Country and Dodge Caravan Minivans and Dodge Journey SUVs for Abrupt Engine Shut Offs

At least two accidents are alleged because of a defective Mexican-built part.

Auto industry recalls just keep coming. In the latest instance Chrysler is recalling more than 250,000 2010 model Dodge Journey, Grand Caravan, and Chrysler Town & Country vehicles because their engines can shut down unexpectedly.

In documents filed with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Chrysler said that “some vehicles may experience inadvertent ignition key displacement from the run to accessory position while driving, causing the engine to shut off.”

A Mexican-built part from Continental apparently is the cause of the engine shut down defect, according to Chrysler. Chrysler said there are hundreds of warranty claims and at least two rear end accidents alleged to have been cause by the safety defect. The Chrysler safety recall is expected to begin during April 2011. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403 about recall number LO2.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY1-800-424-9153), or go to NHTSA number 11V139.




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