Frank Klegon: Chrysler didn't want to ship cars if there was a quality concern.
Production of awd models at Chrysler's Brampton, Ontario, plant was stopped in June and resumed in late August.
The problem was a vibration in the transfer case that occurred when an awd model was driven at low speeds, such as in parking lots, said Chrysler product development chief Frank Klegon.
Magna Drivetrain, a subsidiary of Magna International Inc., supplies the awd systems.
"We had a concern with a transfer case that is produced by Magna Drivetrain," said Klegon, who was interviewed at the Frankfurt auto show. "We had a little concern with drivability, not a significant concern. But we had some quality concerns, and we are not going to ship when we have a quality concern."
The problem affected production of an undisclosed number of 300 and Magnum models, according to the Chrysler group.
The company would not disclose the number of dealer orders delayed nor the specific dates for the production halt. All customer orders will be filled, a spokesman said.
"It's all been corrected," Klegon said. "Magna has fixed it, and we are producing. There should not be any further delays, from a customer's perspective, of getting a vehicle - getting it ordered or getting it delivered."