DETROIT Oct 2 Chrysler Group LLC said it will
recall an estimated 132,000 sport utility vehicles globally,
mostly in the United States, to address potential software
problems that could lead to a blackout of instrument panel
The company, an affiliate of Italy's Fiat SpA, said
it received reports that 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokees had
warning-light illumination and instrument-panel blackouts, both
of which occurred infrequently and appeared to resolve
themselves by turning the vehicle's ignition off and then on.
However, 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
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.
Chrysler also recalled an estimated 10,800 2014-model Ram
1500, 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks, most still on dealer lots,
for their own software upgrade.