Goh Hock Kee (GHK) Motors Sdn Bhd, sole distributor of Chrysler, yesterday said that no recalls of the car models sold in the sultanate were made so far amid US regulators' investigations of 1.2 million vehicles for potential ignition-switch problems.
Chrysler is the subject of two investigations by the United States safety regulators involving possible non-deployment of air bags because of potentially defective switches in older Jeep, Dodge and Chrysler models.
The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that no deaths and injuries have been reported.
In an interview with The Brunei Times, Sia Leong Cheen, the after-sales manager of Chrysler at GHK Motors, said that the specifications of the car models that are being investigated are different from what are being sold in Brunei.
"Although our cars (Chrysler) come directly from the United States, the market for the models are different. Cars for foreign markets may have different specifications than those for their local market (US). For instance, left-hand drive car models are not for our market", added Sia.
The investigation also involves about 700,000 Chrysler Town &Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans and Dodge Journey crossovers from model years 2008-2020 for complaints about switches that may turn off when driving on rough roads, which could prevent airbags from deploying in a crash.
The new Chrysler investigations, which come in the wake of similar probes on General Motors Co, suggest that issues with faulty ignition switches that could cause air bags to fail may be more widespread than once believed.
Last week, GM recalled over 3 million vehicles for the same issue.
Prior to the recall of GM's Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion, the US safety regulator official said the agency did not fully understand the link between the cars' ignition switch and the ability of the air bags to deploy in crash.
In March 2011, Chrysler recalls 2010 Grand Caravan, Town & Country and Journey models for "inadvertent ignition key rotation".