Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling more than 91,000 Jeep Cherokee SUVs because they could lose power while moving, or the park function may not engage when the SUVs are parked, potentially creating a rollaway risk. According to a report in the Detroit Free Press, FCA has said it is aware of one accident, but no injuries. Details on that crash are not available.
Details of the Recall
The recall affects 2014-2017 Jeep Cherokee SUVs with a two-speed power transfer unit. Those with a single-speed power transfer unit are not part of the recall. FCA is proposing a transmission software fix for the issue, which is described as a driveline failure. The company said a review of customer data led to an investigation that discovered a driveline connection may, in some circumstances, slip. If this happens, it may lead to a loss in propulsion and prevent the transmission from engaging in park when the vehicle is stationary.
The software fix is designed to deliver propulsion by engaging rear-wheel drive as needed. If the park isn’t engaging, the software should automatically apply the parking brake, FCA said. The recall affects about 67,248 vehicles in the United States, 13,659 in Canada and 716 in Mexico. FCA will begin mailing notices for the current recall starting next month. The company is reminding customers to use their parking brakes in the meantime. Anyone with questions or concerns is urged to call (800)-853-1403.
This issue is separate from a problematic gearshift design, which has been linked to more than 266 rollaway crashes and 68 injuries in 2012-14 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300s as well as 2014-15 Jeep Grand Cherokees. That issue was in fact tied to the 2016 death of “Star Trek” actor Anton Yelchin.
Auto Product Liability Issues
Rollaway defects can be dangerous not just for vehicle occupants, but also for others on the roadway such as bicyclists and pedestrians who could be struck and seriously injured by a vehicle that rolls away. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of these or other defects, contact an experienced auto defect lawyer who can help you seek and obtain compensation for losses including medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress. The best auto defect law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.