NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Chrysler Group and Ford are recalling thousands of cars.
Chrysler Group is recalling all 2008 car models and includes three popular models—the Dodge Charger, the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Chrysler 300 -- as well as the Dodge Magnum station wagon and the Jeep Commander, totaling roughly 350,000 vehicles.
The cars are being recalled because of an ignition key problem similar to the one that plagued General Motors. Chrysler said it knows of only one minor accident associated with the issue and that it is not aware of any injuries.
Chrysler said its ignition switch problem can cause a key to not return to the “on” position after the driver turns it to the “start” position when starting the car. If that happens, the windshield defroster and wiper may not work.But it said it is also possible, but less likely, that when the key is not properly in the “on” position, it can move inadvertently move past the “on” position to the “accessory” or “off” positions, similar to what happened with the GM cars. In that case, the cars can lose power, power steering and some safety features including the air bags.
Chrysler said it will repair the ignition switch, but until the repairs are made, drivers should make sure the key properly moves into the “on” position after starting the vehicle.
Ford Motor says it is recalling 850,000 cars, including some of the Ford C-Max, Fusion, Escape and Lincoln MKZ vehicles from model years 2013 to 2014, because of the risk of a short circuit that could prevent its air bag from deploying in a crash.
The automaker said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the problem.
Ford said the air bag warning light should go on, indicating a problem with the safety systems. But Ford will replace the computer module in the cars that are the source of the potential problem.