Recall Alert: 2014 Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Cherokee

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Vehicles Affected: About 6,120 model-year 2014 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs manufactured between Jan. 16 and April 8, 2014; Grand Cherokee SRT SUVs manufactured between Feb. 3 and April 8, 2014; and Cherokee crossovers manufactured between March 6 and April 17, 2014

The Problem: When the adaptive cruise control is engaged and the driver presses the accelerator pedal to increase the vehicle's speed more than the cruise control system would on its own, the vehicle may continue to accelerate briefly after the accelerator pedal is released, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Chrysler will begin notifying owners this month, and dealers will re-flash the Driver Assistance System Module for free.

What Owner Should Do: Owners can call Chrysler at 800-853-1403, or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or visit www.safercar.gov, for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | June 9, 2014 | Comments (0)

NHTSA Probes 2012 Chrysler Airbag Recall Fix

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced today that it has opened a new investigation into the 2012 Chrysler recall of nearly three-quarters of a million Jeep SUVs to determine whether the automaker's fix was effective. The vehicles were recalled because of inadvertent airbag deployment; 744,000 model-year 2002-03 Jeep Liberty and 2002-04 Grand Cherokee SUVs were involved. The problem has been blamed for 215 reported incidents and 81 injuries. Since then, there have been reports of six vehicles with inadvertent airbag deployments resulting in no crashes but cuts and burns to occupants. The involved vehicles had undergone dealer repairs to prevent electrical spikes believed to have caused the deployments.

Get the full Detroit News story here.

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By Matt Schmitz | June 2, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2011-2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango

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Vehicles Affected: About 644,354 model-year 2011-2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs manufactured from Jan. 5, 2010, through Sept. 8, 2013.

The Problem: A brake booster's center shell may corrode and allow water to get inside, which could freeze and limit the braking ability of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Chrysler will notify owners starting in May, and dealers will add a water diverter shield to the booster after the booster has been tested to confirm that it can hold an acceptable amount of vacuum pressure. If the booster inspection confirms an unacceptable loss of vacuum pressure, the booster will be replaced for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can contact Chrysler at 800-853-1403, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | April 2, 2014 | Comments (17)

Recall Alert: 2012-2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango

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Vehicles Affected: About 18,700 model-year 2012-13 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs

The Problem: Chrysler received complaints about the performance of a component that accommodates Ready Alert Braking, a safety system that primes the brakes for optimal response when making a sudden stop. An investigation found brake-fluid flow was being overly restricted. "Brake function was neither lost nor out of compliance with regulation, but pedal feel was not consistent with customer expectations," the automaker said in a statement, noting that no injuries or crashes have been reported.

The Fix: Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will update software to optimize brake-fluid flow and restore appropriate brake-pedal feel. The automaker has not specified a timeline for the recall notification.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chrysler at 800-853-1403 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov, for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | March 12, 2014 | Comments (0)

The Top 10 Biggest Recalls of 2013

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Back in July, we did a midyear check-in on the biggest recalls of 2013 up to that point. Now, six months later, we’re bringing you last year’s final tally, nearly half of which are new to the list.

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The biggest addition to the list isn't a vehicle recall but a tire recall. In December, about 1.2 million Michelin LTX M/X tires, size LT225/75R16, were recalled. The affected tires were used as original equipment on certain Ford vehicles and as replacement equipment on various-brand commercial light trucks, full-size heavy-duty vans, small recreational vehicles and some large pickup trucks. In affected tires the tread could separate, leading to rapid air loss and possibly leading to a loss of vehicle control.

By Matt Schmitz | January 29, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Vehicles Affected: 91,559 model-year 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs. 

The Problem: The Detroit News is reporting that the automaker is recalling the SUVs to address random warning-light illumination and instrument-cluster blackout. "Engineers discovered an issue in the vehicle's antilock braking system module that affects the instrument cluster display. The issue also has implications for the vehicle's ABS and electronic stability control systems, but Chrysler Group is unaware of any reported problems involving either," the automaker said in a statement.

The Fix: Dealers will update the instrument cluster and ABS module software on all affected vehicles for free.

What Owners Should Do: Chrysler will begin notifying owners in November. Owners can call the automaker at 800-853-1403 for more information.

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By Jennifer Geiger | October 1, 2013 | Comments (163)

Recall Alert: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Chrysler is recalling 4,458 model-year 2014 versions of the Jeep Grand Cherokee due to a problem with the headlamps, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The affected vehicles were manufactured from Jan. 14 through March 20, 2013, (check your vehicle's build date on a sticker on the driver-side doorjamb) and are equipped with premium headlamps. Switching between daytime running lights and parking lights could lead to electrical spikes, which may cause the parking lamps to malfunction. The faulty lights fail to conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.

Chrysler will notify owners beginning in August, and dealers will update the affected software for free. Owners can call Chrysler at 800-247-9753 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.

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By Jennifer Geiger | July 22, 2013 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 51,477 Ram Pickup Trucks and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs

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Chrysler is recalling 51,477 Ram pickup trucks and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs in three separate actions for varied problems with the vehicles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The largest of the recalls covers 45,961 model-year 2013 Ram 1500 pickup trucks equipped with four-wheel drive; a software issue with the electronic stability system could cause the feature to be disabled when the truck is started. Affected trucks were manufactured between June 26, 2012, and Feb. 5, 2013. Disabling the system may result in loss of directional control, increasing the risk of a crash.

In addition, Chrysler is recalling 4,458 model-year 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs due to a problem with the exterior lighting system that could cause the parking lights to malfunction. Affected vehicles were manufactured between Jan. 14 and March 20, and are equipped with premium headlamps; the recall does not affect the SRT trim. When switching between daytime-running lights and parking lights, electrical spikes may cause the parking lights to turn off; without properly functioning parking lights, the SUV may not be as visible to other drivers, increasing the risk of a crash.

By Matt Schmitz | July 17, 2013 | Comments (0)

NHTSA: Chrysler Has Until June 18 to Recall Jeeps

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has given Chrysler a deadline of June 18 to formally respond to its request for the recall of 2.7 million model-year 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2002-07 Liberty SUVs, according to the Detroit News. The recall request, due to a problem in the fuel system that could lead to a fire in rear-end crashes, initially was refused by Chrysler; the automaker insists the vehicles meet federal safety standards for fuel-system integrity.

Depending on the automaker's response, NHTSA will decide whether to issue a formal finding and then convene a public hearing, a final step before ordering a recall, the Detroit News reported. The safety agency says Chrysler "contravened industry trends," as well as its own practices in non-Jeep vehicles by placing the fuel tanks in a vulnerable location behind the rear axle. The resulting fires were caused by gas leaking from punctured fuel tanks in rear-end crashes, causing the deaths of 51 people, the Detroit News reported.

By Matt Schmitz | June 10, 2013 | Comments (1)

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Video

The changes are few, but their impact is great. Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek says the subtle precision of improvements to the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee have made a good SUV a great one. Perhaps the biggest strides were made in tech upgrades — Chrysler's responsive, easy-to-use 8.4-inch touch-screen multimedia system and a configurable instrument cluster are high points. Another is an eight-speed automatic transmission that makes the Grand Cherokee both quicker and more fuel efficient. Watch the video above.

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