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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,735 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee electrical problems

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2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Owner Comments

problem #12

Sep 152014

Grand Cherokee

  • miles


The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system: Ignition switch) and stated that the part needed was unavailable to perform the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #11

Jul 172014

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
P41 - Chrysler recall - faulty ignition switch the parts are still not available to fix my vehicle. My vehicle is unable to be driven due to the deteriorating nature of the faulty ignition switch. I have video evidence to support my claims that the vehicle I own is malfunctioning and the safety-recall notice is now over 6 months old. Chrysler has not provided any of the affected owners a solution to the problem and refuses to reimburse the affected owners. As per your website the manufacturer has not provided a reasonably timely solution without cost to owners. See below: ***-a description of what the owner can do if the owner is unable to have the problem corrected within a reasonable time and without charge.*** (this was taken directly from your website ie what needs to be on a recall notice) driving my 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee without having the problem fixed is not an option, as a loss of brakes, steering and even airbags being unresponsive and would result in my injury or death. The notice says simply to remove extra keys from the swab and to move the seat back. Excellent precautions I am sure but my problem continues to arise nonetheless. Driving down a highway at 55 mph and having a loss of power to your dash, a loss of brakes, and potentially nonworking airbags make this a recipe for disaster. I am floored at the fact a major corporation has issued a recall notice, only for 6 months to have passed with no solution in the future. I have contacted Chrysler and Jeep both several times to check on the status of the fix, all to receive no word or notice of when the parts will become available. I have asked several times if I could have the vehicle fixed and then have Chrysler reimburse me, and was denied. I am hopeful that you will be able to answer some of these questions as Chrysler and Jeep and not been able to. Thank you and have a nice day.

- Garden City, NY, USA

problem #10

Nov 142013

Grand Cherokee

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee. While driving 65 mph, all the warning lights on the instrument panel illuminated. The failure occurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The contact received a notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system:ignition:switch) and stated that the part needed was unavailable to perform the recall repair. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- St Joseph, MO, USA

problem #9

Oct 152014

Grand Cherokee 4WD 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles


The ignition switch on my car has been recalled by Jeep. Currently they are telling me that the car is "operable" so I can drive it until the part comes in, but they have no idea when the part will be available. This recall causes the loss of power steering and can cause the car to stall at any time.. yet they consider this operable. Today my car stalled due to this recall and I came very close to rolling into another car. They are telling me that they will not offer a rental because the car still turns on. I feel this is inexcusable and unsafe because I am out driving around in a car that can stall on any point in time. (I do a lot of highway driving, and this is very dangerous to my life.) I feel they should be responsible for providing a rental in this situation.

- Bethlehem, PA, USA

problem #8

Jan 012013

Grand Cherokee 4WD 8-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee. While driving 35 mph, the ignition switch malfunctioned and became loose. The contact had to continuously wiggle and tap the key in order to prevent the vehicle from stalling. Several warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The failure occurred numerous times. The dealer was unable to diagnose the cause of the failure. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 35,000. Updated 10/23/2014 the consumer stated the failure occurred when the vehicle was started up while it was being driven. Updated 4/22/2015

- Mountain Home, AR, USA

problem #7

Jul 012014

Grand Cherokee

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated while driving approximately 50 mph, all of the warning lights on the dashboard illuminated as the vehicle stalled. The contact shifted into park and was able to restart the vehicle but it stalled again. The failure was recurring. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who advised that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000. Kmj

- Lyndhurst, NJ, USA

problem #6

Jul 232014

Grand Cherokee

  • 78,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee. While driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle, but the failure recurred twice. The dealer stated that the ignition switch needed to be replaced, but they would not repair the vehicle until the contact received a recall notice. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 78,000.

- Gallatin, TN, USA

problem #5

Feb 262007

Grand Cherokee 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,300 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee. While driving 5 mph the vehicle accelerated uncontrollably and without warning accelerated 30-40 mph. The contact was unable to control the vehicle for a quarter of a mile. The contact attempted to apply the brakes and was unable to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was driven into the snow located on the shoulder, which allowed the contact to stop the vehicle. The road conditions were wet. The vehicle smelled as if it was on fire. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and is currently being diagnosed. An electronic diagnostic test on Feb 22, 2007 indicated due to the performance liilluminating the vehicle needed a new ignition switch. The vehicle's current and failure mileage was 18,300.

- Amherst, NY, USA

problem #4

Sep 162006

Grand Cherokee

  • miles
While driving a rented 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee on an interstate highway, the engine stopped running. I was able to steer the vehicle to the shoulder and restart the engine. I drove cautiously without further incidents. On the return trip on a state highway, the engine unexpectedly stopped. Again, I safely steered the vehicle to the shoulder and restarted the engine. This time, I realized that moving my right leg while driving, my right knee had hit the key and moved it to the "off" position. Both incidents did not result in an accident since the roadway was empty of other vehicles.

- Vienna, VA, USA

problem #3

Jun 152006

(reported on)

Grand Cherokee

  • miles
2006 Grand Cherokee engine shuts down when the driver gently grazes the ignition switch. The ignition switch is located low on the vehicle's dashboard rather than on the vehicle's steering column, where is has been located on previous models. The switch's new location resulted in frequent contact with the driver's knee, especially when the driver is moving his or her foot from the throttle to the brake.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #2

Apr 132006

Grand Cherokee 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 520 miles
: the contact stated while driving at various speeds the ignition switch came off 4 times while driving due to light contact from contact's right knee. Both the dealer and manufacturer were contacted. Updated 05/16/2006 - a complaint was registered with daimler/Chrysler, and contact met with the general manager of the dealership. The service department at the dealership already knew about the problem. The service manager told the general manger that the problem was caused by key chains. However, the contact had removed the key from the key chain and still experienced the problem. Since the vehicle was inoperative the contact had to trade it in and experienced a huge financial loss.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #1

Jan 272006

Grand Cherokee

  • miles
This concerns an unsafe design of SUV. I rented a 2006 Jeep Cherokee in Jan. 2006 from avis rental car company. I am a frequent renter and rent a wide variety of autos. I was driving in heavy traffic when the Jeep all of a sudden would not accelerate. Being a very experienced driver I looked at the RPM gauge and noticed that the RPM was on "0?? indicating the Jeep was not running. The radio was still playing (as this is a feature commonly available that the radio will play after the auto is switched until the door is opened). I shifted into neutral and restarted the Jeep. It was not until latter that day that I realized what had happen because it happens again. In the Cherokee, the key switch is located low in the dash facing the driver. This location of the key switch and the combination of a large key with a self-contained remote electronic door opener make it possible that the top of my knee could hit the key switch and effectively switch off the auto while in motion. I was able to asset the problem and react accordingly but if had been my wife or my 17 year old daughter it could have resulted in a serious accident that other wise would have been unexplainable. With the auto switched off many of the auto's systems do not work. Please look into this as could save someone's life!!!

- Mize, MS, USA

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