DETROIT (AP MODIFIED) - Chrysler is recalling up to 792,300 older Jeep SUVs worldwide because the ignition switches could cause engine stalling.
Tuesday's recall covers 2005-2007 Grand Cherokees and 2006-2007 Commanders.
Chrysler says it's not sure exactly how many will be recalled. The company says an outside force such as a driver's knee can knock switches out of the "run" position, shutting off the engine. This disables power-assisted steering and braking and the front air bags might not inflate.
Engineers are working on a fix. Chrysler says it knows of no injuries and only one accident. According to a press release from Chrysler, about 792,300 vehicles are implicated – 649,900 in the U.S.; 28,800 in Canada; 12,800 in Mexico and 100,800 outside of the NAFTA region.
The company says only a few complaints have been filed. Owners should keep clearance between their knees and keys until repairs are made.
The company also suggests owners of the recalled vehicles remove all items from their key rings, only leaving their ignition keys.
The recall comes as U.S. safety regulators investigate ignition switch problems across the auto industry.