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2018–2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango Recalled for Rollaway Risk

  • Stellantis will be recalling Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs to fix a problem with the antilock braking system that could potentially cause the vehicles to roll away unexpectedly.
  • Included are 270,904 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango models in the U.S., built between June 2018 and April 2019.
  • The recall report filed with NHTSA blames a ZF hydraulic control unit ABS module that “falsely reads pressure in the primary circuit,” allowing brake lights to stay on and the vehicle to start and shift out of park without use of the brake pedal.

    More than 270,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs are being recalled because they could accidentally start, shift out of park, and move without the brake pedal being depressed. In filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the automaker says “suspect” hydraulic control unit modules were installed in vehicles built between June 10, 2018, and April 30, 2019. The faulty modules can “falsely read pressure in the primary circuit,” potentially allowing the brake lights to come on and the vehicle to start and shift out of park.

    Fiat Chrysler (FCA), as it’s named in the recall documents, first began an investigation last fall after noticing increased warranty claims for brake lights staying on in the two models. There have been more than 200 such claims to date related to the problem, but no reported accidents or injuries, according to FCA’s filing with NHTSA.

    The recall will include 211,934 Grand Cherokee and 58,970 Dodge Durango vehicles. The automaker is still working out the remedy and said it will notify owners by letters that are to be mailed at the end of July. In the meantime, owners can check whether their vehicle is affected on the NHTSA recalls site.

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