Jeep recalls new Grand Cherokees for electrical issues

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Jeep has announced another recall for their popular Grand Cherokee mid-sized sport utility vehicle. Approximately 91,559 2014 models that were produced in Detroit, Michigan from January 8, 2013 to August 20, 2013 will be affected.

The issue has to do with both the Grand Cherokee‘s software and electrical wiring. Although the issues are unrelated, it has been determined that the combined defects could affect the anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic stability control (ESC), and other electrical/mechanical components. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “due to a disruption of computer communications and loose alternator ground wires, the affected vehicles may experience random illumination of multiple instrument cluster warning lights, loss of cluster illumination and loss of anti-lock brake system (ABS) and electronic stability control (ESC) function.” In essence, the combination of the defects could increase the risk of the vehicle being involved in an accident, along with the risk of injuries. Thus far, Chrysler has not reported any accidents or injuries, due to either defect.

The latest Jeep recall will involve the Auburn Hills, Michigan automaker notifying their owners of the recall via mail later this month. Technicians will inspect and not only tighten up the alternator ground wires, but update the ABS and instrument cluster module software at no charge. Owners can contact their local Jeep dealer for more information, or schedule a service appointment after the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

 

Source: The Car Connection

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