Jeep recall on ignition switch due to short-circuit on Jeep Wrangler

Problem Description and Possible Solution

Jeep issued a recall on the ignition switch because the switch could short-circuit in the presence of water or impurities.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 106,367 (47,700–192,000)
11 model years affected: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, more2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
67 people reported this problem
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2007 Wrangler Unlimited 4-door. Intermittent starting problem: Turn the key and hear a click, sometimes may actually turn the crank a 1/4 turn, but then nothing happens. Try it several times (4-6) and it will eventually start (so far). First had it checked at PEP Boys and they replaced the battery $145. Problem not resolved. Took the Jeep to the dealer, they replaced a little black box and charged us $225. Problem actually occurred more often, took it back to the dealer. They reprogrammed a module and charged another $75 (claimed they spent 2hrs doing diagnostics). Problem not resolved. Taking it back to dealer under their 90 day parts and labor Warranty on repairs.
Engine will not start at times and will cut off while driving. Turn signals will not work and radio will cut off without warning. Can giggle the key and sometimes get the electrical back on but not always.
Sometimes it won't crank when turn the switch. Sometimes it clicks when you turn the switch. Sometimes you have to wiggle key in ignition to get it to crank.
Engine cranks over but does not fire
ignition dosent even click, engine wont start sometimes, needles on gauges bounce back and forth.
Jeep engine initially cranks and then dies after about 5 seconds. Try to re-start and nothing's happens at all. Turn switch off then back on, engine will crank and run for another 5 seconds or so and then die again. Will continue to do this same pattern over and over.
Turning signals and radio cut off randomly. Jiggling the key or stopping and restarting usually helps clear it.
Sometimes my 2001 Jeep Wrangler sport will not crank. Battery and starter have been tested and they're good. Sometimes wiggling the key gets it to crank. But most times not. And sometimes my radio and blinkers don't work while jeep's running, but will come on when wiggling the key.
Turn the key and nada. Take it out turn it over and nada. Wiggle for a few minutes and if I'm lucky, it starts.
Will not start first time I turn the key it powers for a second then clicks. After about 5 try's of weak weak power and going it has I got it started. Although rpms will not stay up. Went to the dealer they changed the alternator and battery. It worked the folowing 4 days then same problem. Going back in today for them to fix this
Sometimes it will not start when turn the switch. Giggle the keys will help get the electrical back on but sometimes it won't. Battery is fine and when it does get a connection, it starts and runs fine.
The ignition switch doesn't work when I go to crank it got a recall on it
Not fixed yet but jeep wont turn off.
Vehicle will not start. Turning it rapidly back and forth will most time make it start.
Getting very expensive to deal with it. Keep having the same problem over and over.
Engine will not start at times and will cut off while driving. Turn signals will not work and radio will cut off without warning.
sometimes when I turn ignition on the radio and turn signals will not work unless the key is wiggled a little.
wont start turn the key just a click replaced battery, starter, already and still does it.
Steering wheel won't lock, key turns over but clicks without starting.
Tried the wiggle key, steering wheel and shifter method and nothing working. Had the battery checked and replaced and started up correctly 3 times. But now we are stranded again.
Going to look into replacing ignition switch but it's going to cost $200-400 in labor
wipers, turn signals and radio not working due to bad ignition switch