2014 Dodge Durango, Jeep Cherokee Among Vehicles Recalled for Continued Unintended Acceleration
- Chrysler is recalling 10,700 2014 Dodge Durango, Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT vehicles to fix a problem with continued unintended acceleration linked to the cruise-control systems.
- Chrysler said it is unaware of any related injuries, accidents, complaints or incidents.
- The recall is expected to begin sometime in June.
WASHINGTON — Chrysler is recalling 10,700 2014 Dodge Durango, Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT vehicles to fix a problem with continued unintended acceleration linked to the cruise-control systems, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“When the adaptive cruise control is engaged and the driver presses the accelerator pedal to increase the vehicle's speed more than the cruise-control system would on its own, the vehicle may continue to accelerate briefly after the accelerator pedal is released," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. “The unintended continued acceleration may increase the risk of a crash."
Chrysler said it is unaware of any related injuries, accidents, complaints or incidents. However, the automaker said: “Customers who are concerned may choose not to activate their cruise-control systems," until repairs are made."
Other features, such as forward collision warning, are unaffected because they function independently, Chrysler said in a statement on its Web site.
It added: “In all cases, brake application will cancel cruise control."
A routine internal quality audit discovered the problem.
The affected Durangos and Jeep Grand Cherokees were built from January 16, 2014 to April 8, 2014. The affected Jeep Grand Cherokee SRTs were built from February 3, 2014 to April 8, 2014. The affected Jeep Cherokees were built from March 6, 2014 to April 17, 2014.
“More than half were in dealer hands or in transit to dealers as Chrysler Group was investigating," the automaker said.
Chrysler dealers will upgrade the software that governs the cruise-control systems. The recall is expected to begin in June. Owners can contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403.
Edmunds says: Chrysler says brake function in these vehicles “is never compromised," but owners may want to err on the side of caution and not use the cruise-control system until their vehicle is fixed.