April 23, 2015 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - FCA US LLC is launching a voluntary recall of an estimated 43,874 older-model U.S.-market cars and SUVs equipped with manual transmissions. The Company will replace their clutch ignition interlock switches at no charge to customers.
The action follows an investigation by FCA US engineers that discovered these vehicles are equipped with switches that contain a certain type of wire implicated in a previous campaign. The wire, which was temporarily substituted by a supplier for the specified material, may break. As a result, the vehicles may not start, and in rare cases – if recommended starting procedures are not followed – a vehicle may exhibit unintended movement when its ignition key is turned.
FCA US is unaware of aware of any related injuries or accidents involving this population of vehicles.
The campaign covers certain model-year 2006 Jeep Liberty and Wrangler SUVs and Dodge Viper cars equipped with manual transmissions and produced between Feb. 15, 2005, and Sept. 14, 2006. Additional vehicles are affected in other markets: an estimated 2,944 in Canada, 706 in Mexico and 11,309 outside the NAFTA region.
Affected customers will be notified and advised when they may schedule service. In the interim, customers are advised to follow recommended procedures for starting their vehicles. These procedures include activating the parking brake, placing the shift lever in neutral and pressing the clutch pedal before turning the vehicle’s ignition key.
Customers with additional concerns or questions may call 1-800-853-1403.