NEW YORK — The totally integrated power module, or TIPM, has been found to be the cause of electrical system malfunctions in certain late-model Chrysler vehicles, according to a press release.

The release reported that the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) has received at least 240 consumer complaints about the issue.

CBS News reported that Chrysler has submitted “at least 20 death claims,” stated the release.

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The TIPM’s main purpose is to ensure the safe operation of the vehicle in which it is installed, noted the release.

In a letter to the NHTSA, the Center for Auto Safety (CAS) said complaints about TIPM usually blame the device for causing the affected vehicles to stall in traffic or not start when the ignition is switched to “on,” reported the release.

CAS also said the fuel pumps have failed to shut off, resulting in unintended acceleration and fire, explained the release.

Law firm Weitz & Luxenberg has begun an investigation into the matter, noted the release.