Jeep Grand Cherokee Recall Information
NEWS: Chrysler is recalling certain 2005-2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2006-2010 Jeep Commander vehicles
MAY 2013 -- Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2005-2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured February 11, 2004, through March 9, 2010; and 2006-2010 Jeep Commander vehicles manufactured January 31, 2005, through March 10, 2010. A transfer case electrical failure may result in an unintentional shifting of the transfer case into the neutral position. If the vehicle shifts into neutral, it may roll away increasing the risk of a crash or personal injury. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will reflash the final drive controller which governs the transfer case, with new software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in June 2013. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N23. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
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NEWS: Chrysler recalls nearly 470,000 Jeep SUVs because they may shift into neutral on startup
MAY 2013 -- Chrysler is recalling 469,000 Jeep SUVs worldwide because they can shift into neutral without warning on startup.
U.S. safety regulators say cracks in a circuit board can cause a faulty signal as the SUVs are being started. If the vehicles shift into neutral they can roll away.
Chrysler will notify owners and dealers will update software to take care of the problem. Chrysler found cracks in a circuit board that turns the four-wheel-drive system on and off.
Repairs will be made at no cost to owners.
The recall covers 295,000 vehicles in the U.S., 28,500 in Canada, and 4,200 in Mexico. The remaining 141,000 are outside North America.
The company says in documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Administration that it began looking into the problem after a customer complained that an SUV rolled away in January of 2012 after being started remotely.
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NEWS: NHTSA investigates Jeep Grand Cherokees, Dodge Ram 1500s
AUGUST 2012 -- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is opening investigations into more than 335,000 Chrysler vehicles, including reports of fires in Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs.
In documents posted Monday on its website, the agency said it has launched preliminary probes into 106,803 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokees because leaking power steering fluid hoses may have caused fires, and 230,000 2009-10 Dodge Ram 1500 pickups because of a failure in the differential that can cause the rear wheels to lock up.
NHTSA said it has reports of two fires in Jeep Grand Cherokees since May, and a third report of leaking power steering fluid that led to loss of power steering.
A Jeep Grand Cherokee with 35 miles on the odometer was consumed by a blaze June 13.
"While driving approximately 50 mph, the (owner) glanced into the rearview mirror and noticed smoke outside of the vehicle. Immediately the vehicle was maneuvered to the side of the road," NHTSA's summary of the incident said. After the driver exited, "massive flames erupted from under the hood."
The fires may be the result of faulty power steering hoses that allow fluid to leak onto hot engine components, NHTSA said. In one fire, an owner said he saw fluid leaking in his driveway before the Jeep caught fire.
The safety agency has made vehicle fires a top priority. Last week, Ford Motor Co. took the unusual step of urging the owners of 4,800 2013 new Escape SUVs to immediately stop driving because of the risk of fires stemming from fuel leaks.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 287,000 vehicle fires annually from 2003-2007. These fires caused about 480 civilian deaths, 1,525 injuries and $1.3 billion in direct property damage annually.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee had its best June sales month in the U.S. last month since 2005. Sales were up 38 percent in the first half of 2012 to 75,117. It's Chrysler's second-best selling vehicle in the U.S., behind the Ram pickup. Ram sales are up 24 percent in the first half of the year to 138,581.
Separately, NHTSA said it is opening a second investigation into the 2009-2010 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup after it received 12 complaints of rear wheels that locked up because of a failure of the differential.
Eight drivers said they were traveling at 35 mph or greater. Four complaints involving higher speed incidents say the failure resulted in a loss of control — spinning or skidding — and one truck hit a concrete barrier.
NHTSA typically takes six months to a year before deciding whether to upgrade a preliminary investigation into an engineering analysis — a necessary step before it can ask an automaker to recall vehicles it deems unsafe. Not all investigations end in recalls; automakers often recall vehicles before an investigation is completed if they discover a problem.
Chrysler spokesman ..said the Auburn Hills automaker is working with the government.
"Chrysler Group takes seriously every customer complaint and is cooperating fully with NHTSA," Chrysler spokesman said.
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NEWS: Feds widen fire probe of Chrysler SUVs to 5.1 million
JUNE 2012 -- Federal safety investigators are expanding a government probe into whether fuel tanks in 5 million Chrysler SUVs pose a serious fire risk.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigation, opened in August 2010 to look at 3 million 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees, has been expanded to cover 5.1 million vehicles, including the 1993-2001 Jeep Cherokee and 2002-07 Jeep Liberty. In its notice, NHTSA said it was upgrading its preliminary investigation to an engineering analysis. At the conclusion of its analysis, the agency can demand a recall, if it determines vehicles are unsafe READ MORE....
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SEPTEMBER 2011 -- Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2012 Chrysler vehicles, including 200 and Town and Country models, Dodge vehicles, including Charger, Durango, Grand Caravan and Journey models and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured from August 31, 2011, through September 13, 2011, that are equipped with 3.6L engines. These engines may experience connecting rod bearing failure due to debris inside the engine block. Connecting rod failure may lead to engine seizure which may increase the risk of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners and replace the engine free of charge. This is Chrysler safety recall L33. The safety recall is expected to begin during October 2011. 11V-487
YAHOO NEWS -- August 24, 2010 – U.S. safety regulators have opened a preliminary investigation of about 3 million older Jeep Grand Cherokees with fuel tanks that may present a fire risk in a crash, the regulators' website showed on Tuesday.
The investigation was opened on Monday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The action is short of a recall, and a Chrysler spokesman said owners of the 1993-2004 model year vehicles should take no action at this time.
Chrysler said it was cooperating fully with NHTSA on the investigation. It said the Jeep Grand Cherokees from those model years "meet or exceed" federal safety standards.
The Center for Auto Safety last October petitioned NHTSA to open an investigation into the vehicles, saying NHTSA records show that from 1992 to 2008 the SUVs were involved in 172 fatal fire crashes with 254 deaths.
The petition did not say how many, if any, of the deaths were related to the fuel tanks.
The preliminary investigation comes as automakers face tougher scrutiny by safety regulators following Toyota Motor Corp's massive recalls starting in fall 2009.
The Center for Auto Safety, founded by Consumers Union and Ralph Nader in 1970, asked regulators to open an investigation in October 2009, contending that the Grand Cherokee fuel tank storage system was defective and posed a hazard in a crash.
The Grand Cherokee's plastic fuel tank from those model years was behind the rear axle, extended below the rear bumper and had inadequate shielding, leaving it vulnerable to rupturing or leaking in a crash, the center said.
Chrysler put the fuel tank in front of the rear axle and shielded it in the 2005 model year, the center said.
In response to the center's petition, federal safety investigators performed a preliminary examination of data that isolated 10 crashes with 13 fatalities most likely associated with the defect the center described, NHTSA said.
A preliminary review of data supplied to federal regulators did not find the Grand Cherokee "over-represented for post-crash fires," NHTSA said.
"Further review and investigation into these incidents is needed to determine the existence of any relationship between the alleged defect and each fire or leak," NHTSA said.
MAY 2010 -- Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2010 Chrysler 300, Dodge Challenger, Charger, Jeep Commander, Grand Cherokee and Dodge Ram vehicles. These vehicles may have been built with a wireless ignition node (WIN) module exhibiting a binding condition of the solenoid latch. The result of the defect could lead to a condition where the key may be removed from the ignition switch (WIN module) prior to placing the shifter in park. This could result in the potential for unintended vehicle movement and could increase the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect and replace the WIN module free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during July 2010. Chrysler's recall campaign number is K08. 10V-200
ConsumerAffairs.com -- May 17, 2010 -- Chrysler Group LLC is recalling about 40,000 Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep models from the 2010 year. The vehicles may have a defective ignition switch that would allow the key to be removed prior to placing the shifter in the "park" position. This could lead to unintended vehicle movement.
The affected models are:
Dealers will inspect the ignition module and replace defective units free of charge when the recall begins in July 2010.
MARCH 2010 - Chrysler is recalling model year 2010 Jeep Commander and Grand Cherokee vehicles. They may have been built with an improperly manufactured rear track bar. Reduced vehicle stability could occur increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the rear track bar bushing retaining hoop and replace the rear track bar if any are found to be mis-positioned. The safety recall is expected to begin during April 2010. 10V-085
JANUARY 2010 - Chrysler is recalling model year 2010 Chrysler Sebring; Dodge Avenger and Nitro; Jeep Liberty, Commander and Grand Cherokee; and model year 2009-2010 Dodge Ram truck. These vehicles may have been built with an improperly formed or missing brake booster input rod retaining clip. This could result in brake failure without warning which could cause a crash. Chrysler will replace the brake booster input rod retaining clip free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during February 2010. Chrysler's safety campaign number is J37. 10V-009
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(Yahoo News) –-Jan 19, 2010 -- Chrysler Group LLC will recall 24,177 vehicles due to a potential defect in a brake system that could result in sudden brake failure, the automaker said in a filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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NOVEMBER 2009 -- Chrysler is recalling certain Model Year 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee passenger vehicles manufactured from October 22 through November 12, 2009. The passenger side airbag may not properly deploy through the instrument panel tear seam. The airbag may not properly protect the passenger in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury. Dealers will replace the top cover of the instrument panel free of charge. The campaign is expected to begin in December 2009. Chrysler's campaign number is J33. 09V-454
APRIL 2009 -- Chrysler is recalling 4,336 MY 2009 Dodge Journey, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Commander and Wrangler vehicles. Wiring may be reversed on the steering column control module driver airbag squib connector. The driver's airbag may not deploy as intended. In the event of a crash, the driver's airbag may not properly inflate and may not be able to properly protect an occupant, increasing the risk of injuries. Dealers will inspect the driver's airbag squib wires and replace the steering column control module free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during May 2009. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. 09V-118
APRIL 2009 -- Chrysler is recalling 102,354 MY 2001-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles with heated seats and with Chrysler recall No. 06V-197 completed (03-04 MY) or seat heater elements service replacement (01-02 MY). The front seat electric heater elements could overheat. Overheating could potentially cause a fire or injury. Dealers will replace the front seat heater elements free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. 09V-117
But consumers say the problem is more widespread than Jeep admits
ConsumerAffairs.com -- March 3, 2008 -- Chrysler is recalling 1,338 of the 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Commander SUVs to repair a stalling problem in the vehicles.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that the “the front control module may have been incorrectly manufactured. This could cause the engine to stall while driving or nor to start.”
The safety agency also reported that the windshield wipers on the vehicle may fail. “Engine stalling or inoperative wipers could cause a crash without warning,” NHTSA said on its web site.
ConsumerAffairs.com readers report that the stalling problem is far more widespread than just a handful of 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Commanders.
In Arlington, Texas, Joanna said her 2006 Jeep Commander stalls without warning “during turns which are both from moving and stopped positions. ”It occurs during cold and hot weather, with electrical devices on or off, in park, neutral and drive,” Joanna said.
From Anniston, Alabama, Deanna reported a similar condition with her 2000 Grand Cherokee.”I can be traveling 65 mph or less or sitting in the drive-through when it stalls. All power is lost," she said.
Deanna said her Jeep is now dangerous to drive and she is afraid to get behind the wheel.
Elizabeth in El Paso Texas agreed.
“I too have been having stalling problems with my 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo,” she wrote. “I am scared to drive on the highway because it sputters and stalls suddenly. The problem has not been found. We have replaced the fuel pump, but the problem continues.”
Chrysler should do something about all of the stalling problems," Elizabeth warned. “By searching online, I found that dozens of people have the same problem with their Jeep. Too many people have had the same thing happen while driving.”
For Jeeps part of the limited recall just announced, dealers will inspect the front control module and replace it if necessary. Jeep owners can contact Chrysler about the stalling problems at 1-800-853-1401 or NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153).
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FEBRUARY 2008 - Chrysler is recalling 1,338 MY 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Commander vehicles. The front control module may have been incorrectly manufactured. This could cause the engine to stall while driving or not to start and/or cause the windshield wipers to become inoperative. Engine stalling or inoperative wipers could cause a crash without warning. Dealers will inspect the module and replace it if necessary. The recall began on February 18, 2008. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. 08V-059
SEPTEMBER 2007 -- DaimlerChrysler is recalling 296,550 MY 2007 Dodge Nitro, Jeep Wrangler, and MY 2006-2007 Grand Cherokee and Commander sport utility vehicles. The software programmed into the ABS electronic control module may allow a momentary delay in braking when coasting up a hill during certain conditions. This could cause a crash without warning. Dealers will reprogram the ABS electronic control module with new software that prevents this condition. The recall is expected to begin during October 2007. 07V-434
NOVEMBER 2007 -- DaimlerChrysler is recalling 28,755 MY 2007-2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Commander sport utility vehicles. Front brake calipers in a certain lot may have been manufactured from gray iron instead of ductile iron as designed and could fracture without warning. This would increase the vehicle's stopping distance and could cause a crash. Dealers will inspect the front brake calipers to see if they fall into this lot and, if so, will replace them. The recall is expected to begin during October 2007. 07V-415
DETROIT (Yahoo-Reuters) - Automaker Chrysler LLC said on Friday it is recalling almost 369,000 vehicles for problems with brake systems and door latches and locks.
Chrysler, ... said it is recalling 296,550 sport utility vehicles for the brake-related problem.
The vehicles affected include Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Commander SUVs for the 2006 and 2007 model years and the 2007 Jeep Wrangler and Dodge Nitro.
Chrysler said a glitch in an electronic control unit could cause a delay in braking when the vehicles are driving uphill. The automaker has had about 20 reports of such problems, ......
It's a very rare occurrence," ......."But we have had reports of drivers experiencing problems when they take their foot off the accelerator."
When drivers in one of the affected vehicles stop accelerating up a hill, that can trigger a momentary loss of braking power for a second or two,....
The automaker said it was aware of one accident that could have been caused by the problem.
The automaker,..... also said it is recalling about 72,333 2008 Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Avenger sedans because of a potential problem with a cable connected to the front door latches in the vehicles.
December 26, 2006
The recall includes 62,369 model-year 2007 Chrysler Sebring, Chrysler 300, Jeep Commander, Jeep Compass, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Liberty, Jeep Wrangler, Dodge Nitro, Dodge Magnum, Dodge Charger and Dodge Caliber vehicles to re-program the system Electronic Control Unit.
In recalled vehicles, instrument panel warning lamps may illuminate and be followed by loss of the anti-lock brake system, traction control and speedometer functions.
While the problem could result in a loss of control, no accidents or injuries have been reported.
Owners will be notified in February 2007. Consumers who experience the faulty warning lamp illumination should take their vehicle to a certified dealer for inspection.
NEWS: Recalls: Jeep Grand Cherokee
WASHINGTON, D.C.-- July 29, 2006 — The Chrysler Group is recalling 146,195 Jeep Grand Cherokees because cooling-fan blades may break and cause injuries to bystanders if the hood of the vehicle is open.
NEWS: Chrysler recalls Jeep Grand Cherokees because of fire concerns
WASHINGTON (AP) June 12., 2006 -- DaimlerChrysler AG said Monday that it was recalling about 111,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees after receiving reports of overheating and fires in heated seats
WASHINGTON Sep 16, 2005— DaimlerChrysler AG's Chrysler Group said Friday it would recall more than 100,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee sport utility vehicles because water contamination of the transmission fluid could lead to fires under the hood.