Chrysler Recalls 2.7 Million Vehicles

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by MoPar Man, Jan 14, 2004.

  1. MoPar Man

    MoPar Man Guest

    Why would this affect, say, a '99 300M but not a '00 ???


    Tuesday, January 13, 2004

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — DaimlerChrysler AG's (search) Chrysler Group is
    recalling 2.7 million older model vehicles to replace or repair the
    floor-mounted shifter assembly.

    Chrysler said Tuesday that an internal investigation showed that when
    the floor-mounted shifter button is depressed and pulled with
    excessive force when the key is not in the ignition, the vehicle's
    ignition interlock system could become inoperative. That could cause
    the vehicle to move.

    Vehicles affected by the recall include the 1995-1999 Chrysler Cirrus,
    Dodge Stratus and Plymouth Breeze; 1996-1999 Sebring convertibles; and
    1993-1999 Chrysler 300M, Chrysler Concorde, Chrysler LHS, Dodge
    Intrepid and Eagle Vision.

    Chrysler said the potential malfunction is likely to be most prevalent
    in vehicles that have had multiple drivers, such as those in
    commercial or rental fleets because of additional use. The automaker
    estimates about 10 percent of the 2.7 million vehicles is likely to be

    Chrysler said it will install stronger components to better withstand
    excessive force on the shifter
    MoPar Man, Jan 14, 2004
  2. There's a difference between a stupid question and a question asked out of
    ignorance or desire to learn. Stupid questions are those that can be
    answered if he who asks them would only think about it for a couple of

    My goodness, what a stupid question you asked.

    Daniel J. Stern, Jan 14, 2004
  3. It doesn't cover the '00 because Chrysler says it doesn't. Possibly
    because they changed suppliers or the parts were ALREADY changed in
    the '00.
    JUST because a vehicle LOOKS almost exactly the same from year to
    year, it does not mean that suppliers have not changed. Sometimes
    suppliers are changed 1-2-3 time during a model year.
    Richard Benner Jr, Jan 14, 2004
  4. MoPar Man

    JGM Guest

    This is the bit that confuses me. "Additional use?" I thought we were
    talking about trying to shift without having the key in the lock. Why would
    having multiple drivers make this more likely (other than the fact that, as
    with all rentals, you are more likely to have a goofball driver eventually)?

    JGM, Jan 15, 2004
  5. MoPar Man

    mic canic Guest

    funny thing to me is we have done recalls to half of those cars for
    shifter /shift interlock issues and the grand cherokees too!
    mic canic, Jan 15, 2004
  6. MoPar Man

    MoPar Man Guest

    Have those fixes included any 2000 (and later) LH models?
    MoPar Man, Jan 15, 2004
  7. MoPar Man

    Greg Houston Guest

    The general design may have remained the same, but parts may have been
    different. The better question is, did they know it was a deficient
    design and improve it for '00, or was it just by chance that they had
    lousy parts in '99 that only showed up later?
    Greg Houston, Jan 15, 2004
  8. MoPar Man

    Greg Houston Guest

    Excellent question. I didn't get the multiple driver thing either. Assuming my
    '99 Intrepid is subject to this recall (and I see no reasons given so far why it
    would not be) I'm not going to be in a hurry to get it done. Since it's not
    critical for me ( I don't move my shifter handle when the engine isn't on) I'll
    wait until the dealer gets plenty of experience.
    Greg Houston, Jan 15, 2004
  9. MoPar Man

    Steve Guest

    I imagine that whateer wears out is related to the number of times the
    ignition is cycled and to the number of times the gearshift is moved.
    Fleet cars not only get driven, they also get shuttled around parking
    lots and car-wash stations between every use, so there's a LOT more wear
    on the ignition switch and on the shift lever.

    But seeing as its a stupid "nanny" feature anyway, who gives a rip, and
    why would anyone actually have the recall done? I mean the company has
    to OFFER the recall to avoid liability, but no owner has to have it
    performed. My '66 and '69 cars don't have any gear-shift interlock with
    the ignition and you don't see them running over crowds and crashing
    through garage doors either.
    Steve, Jan 15, 2004
  10. MoPar Man

    Steve m... Guest

    The reason is that in fleet use with "extra drivers" they have a tendency to
    'beat' on the car more. As a result a lot of things that are more sensitive
    to failure (like this thing they mention) will fail as a result of multiple
    styles of driving.
    I did notice on my 94' LHS that it was flimsy. But I never used it to
    shift other than just putting it in D. The GP is a different story. It
    loves downshifting to 3. It's like a rocket !

    Steve m.... (I put 74k miles on it in 2 1/2 years. That qualifies as fleet
    Steve m..., Jan 16, 2004
  11. MoPar Man

    mic canic Guest

    no, actually 99 and older now that u mention it.

    mic canic, Jan 17, 2004
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