AUBURN HILLS, Michigan — FCA US is recalling an estimated 43,874 2006 Jeep Liberty and Wrangler SUVs and Dodge Viper coupes with manual transmissions in the U.S. to replace the clutch ignition interlock switches, the automaker said on Thursday.
"These vehicles are equipped with switches that contain a certain type of wire implicated in a previous campaign," the company said in a statement. "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 said it is not aware of any injuries or accidents linked to the recall.
The vehicles were produced between February 15, 2005 and September 14, 2006.
Additional vehicles are affected in other markets. They include an estimated 2,944 in Canada, 706 in Mexico and 11,309 outside the NAFTA region.
Jeep and Dodge dealers will replace the switches. In the meantime, customers are advised to do the following when starting the vehicles: Activate the parking brake, place the shift lever in neutral and press the clutch pedal before turning the ignition key.
A date has not been set for the recall. Owners can contact FCA US customer service at 1-800-853-1403.
No information about the recall has been posted on the Web site of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees vehicle safety in the U.S.
Edmunds says: Owners will have to wait for their official recall notice before scheduling a service appointment. But if you have an immediate concern, it's best to contact your dealer.