Chrysler Ignition Switch DefectThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened two new investigations into more than 1.2 million Chrysler vehicles over ignition key complaints very similar to the ones in smaller General Motor vehicles that were linked to 13 deaths.

According to a Reuters news report, the Chrysler investigations are the result of NHTSA’s recent communication with vehicle makers and suppliers regarding airbag design and performance related to the position of the vehicle ignition switch.

Problems With Several Vehicle Models

The safety agency started looking into problems with airbag deployments after similar ignition switch issues in GM vehicles.

So far, GM has recalled 2.6 million cars with faulty ignition switches with 13 deaths linked to the problem.

So far, NHTSA has reported at least 32 complaints from Chrysler owners who reported that the ignition switches of their 2006-2007 Jeep Commander and 2005-2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles turned off after they accidentally hit it with their knees.

So far, there have been no reports of injuries or fatalities linked to the Chrysler probe.

The second investigation is related to Chrysler’s 2011 voluntary recall of several popular models for a similar issue. Some owners said they continued to have problems even after the recall fix was made.

NHTSA is also saying that it received complaints from owners of 2008-2009 models who said they may have the same ignition issue as the 2010 models.

NHTSA is still investigating similar issues at GM, which has recalled more than 20 million vehicles globally just in 2014.

About 6.5 million vehicles out of those 20 million cars were recalled for ignition-related issues that could disable airbags in crashes.

Auto Product Liability Issues

These are no doubt dangerous defects that have the potential to result in a major injury or even fatal crash.

If you have been injured as a result of these GM or Chrysler vehicles or have lost a loved one due to these defective autos, please contact an experienced auto defect lawyer who will conduct independent investigations including crash tests and fight these large corporations.

It is not clear when Chrysler knew about these defects and if there are any unreported incidents of injury or death.

We will be watching with great interest as this new Chrysler investigation progresses.