- Chrysler is recalling approximately 792,300 2005-'07 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2006-'07 Jeep Commander SUVs because of an ignition switch problem that may cause engine stall.
- Chrysler said it is unaware of any related injuries.
- Owners are urged to only use the ignition key as Chrysler works to find a solution to the problem.
AUBURN HILLS, Michigan — Chrysler is recalling approximately 792,300 2005-'07 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2006-'07 Jeep Commander SUVs because of an ignition switch problem that may cause engine stall, the company said on Tuesday.
"Preliminary investigation suggests an outside force, usually attributed to contact with the driver's knee, may move ignition keys from the 'on' position in certain 2006-'07 Jeep Commander and 2005-'07 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs," Chrysler said in a statement.
"Such an occurrence may cause engine stall, reducing braking power and making steering more difficult.
"Safety features such as frontal airbags may also be disabled."
Chrysler said it is unaware of any related injuries.
"The company is aware of a single reported accident and a relatively small number of complaints involving 0.015 percent of the subject vehicle population," it said.
The precise number of affected vehicles is not known at this point. Of the recalled vehicles, 649,900 are in the U.S., with the rest in Canada, Mexico and outside of the NAFTA region.
"Engineers are working to develop a remedy and Chrysler is committing now to conduct a recall out of an abundance of caution," the automaker said.
Owners will be notified by mid-September when they may schedule service.
"Owners are advised to assure there is clearance between their knees and the keys," Chrysler said. "As a further precaution, they are advised to remove all items from their key rings, leaving only their ignition keys."
Chrysler's Customer Information Center may be reached at 1-800-853-1403.
Newer models of the Jeep Grand Cherokee are not subject to the recall. The Jeep Commander is no longer in production.
In June, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced it was opening an investigation into 1.2 million Chrysler vehicles because of reports that the driver's knee can move the ignition switch out of the "run" position, causing the vehicles to stall and disabling the airbags.
NHTSA has not posted any information about this latest Chrysler recall.
Edmunds says: If you own one of these older Jeep SUVs, you'll have to wait to hear from Chrysler before taking action, since the remedy is not known at this point. But if you have an immediate concern, it's best to get in touch with your dealer.