Chrysler recalls 142,200 SUVs, pickups
Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ram pickups recalled, most of them in U.S.
Chrysler is recalling an estimated 142,200 SUVs, mostly in the United States, for software problems that could lead to a blackout of instrument panel lighting.
About 6,050 of the recalled vehicles are in Canada.
The compan said it received reports that 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokees had warning-light illumination and instrument-panel blackouts, both of which occurred infrequently. The issues appeared to resolve themselves by turning the ignition off and then on, but regulatory compliance requires the panel cluster display information that is legible.
Chrysler said its engineers discovered a problem with the SUV’s antilock braking system module that affects the instrument cluster display. It also has implications for the antilock brakes and electronic stability control systems, although Chrysler said it was unaware of any problems involving either.
The company said it had received no reports of accidents or injuries related to the issue.
Chrysler will update the instrument-cluster and ABS module software on the recalled SUVs at no cost. Affected owners will be notified by mail next month, but owners can call a toll-free number at 800-853-1403.
Of the Grand Cherokees affected by the recall, 91,559 are in the United States, 6,050 in Canada, 2,662 are in Mexico and 32,212 outside of North America. About 11,000 Ram pickups are also affected by the recall.