Chrysler Corporation has announced that they will be recalling over 469,000 of their Jeep SUVs for a potentially hazardous issue. The vehicles affected are:
2005 – 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2006 – 2010 Jeep Commander
The main issue is that if the vehicle is started, it may shift into neutral. Neither Chrysler or the NHTSA were clear if the brake pedal had to be depressed, in order for the vehicle to shift into neutral. That being said, Chrysler is stating that the issue can be traced back to finding cracks in the circuit board, which may send the wrong signals to the vehicle’s transmission. If the vehicle were to go into neutral, it might move forward, increasing the risk of it being involved in an accident with another vehicle, person(s), or property.
It has been reported that thus far, there has been 26 accidents, and two injuries. Neither companies provided further details into the accidents and injuries.
The investigation began in January 2012, after an owner had filed a complaint stating that the vehicle had rolled away, once the it was started remotely. Moreover, Chrysler also stated that other cracks in the circuit board could affect models equipped with four-wheel drive, which could turn it on and off unexpectedly.
The latest Jeep recall will have affected registered owners take their vehicles back to the dealership, where the technicians will not only update the software, but inspect the circuits to determine whether or not they need to be replaced. Both of these repairs will be performed at no cost to the owner.
If you own one of these vehicles, you may contact your local dealership (nearly all Jeep dealerships are a part of the Chrysler/Dodge/Ram/Jeep dealership groups), as they have not stated when the recall notices will be sent out.
News Source: Detroit Free Press