Safety advocacy group asks government to investigate Chrysler stalling complaints

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An auto safety advocacy group is asking the U.S. government to investigate power system failures in thousands of Chrysler vehicles that could cause them to stall while being driven.

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The Center for Auto Safety, a group founded by Ralph Nader, filed a petition Friday asking the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to investigate the problem.

The group contends that an electrical power control module used by Chrysler starting in 2007 can go haywire, causing vehicles to stall in traffic and cut off devices powered by electricity. The allegation covers Ram pickup trucks, Chrysler and Dodge minivans, the Jeep Grand Cherokee and others. The group says it has received over 70 complaints about the modules and that the government has received hundreds.

A Chrysler spokesman says he's working on a response.