Chrysler Recalls 469,000 Jeeps for Rollaway Risk


  • 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee Picture

    2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee Picture

    Chrysler is recalling 469,000 Jeeps worldwide, including the 2005-'10 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2006-'10 Jeep Commander, because the transmission could shift by itself from Park into neutral, increasing the risk of rollaway. | May 13, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • Chrysler is recalling 469,000 Jeeps worldwide, including the 2005-'10 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2006-'10 Jeep Commander, because the transmission could shift by itself from Park into neutral.
  • Chrysler spokesman Eric Mayne told Edmunds that the problem has resulted in 26 accidents, two injuries, but no fatalities.
  • The automaker told federal safety regulators that a software problem could instruct the transmission to shift into neutral when the vehicle is being started.

WASHINGTON — Chrysler is recalling 469,000 Jeeps worldwide, including the 2005-'10 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2006-'10 Jeep Commander, because the transmission could shift by itself from Park into neutral, increasing the risk of rollaway, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Chrysler spokesman Eric Mayne told Edmunds that the problem has resulted in 26 accidents, two injuries, but no fatalities.

The automaker told federal safety regulators that a software problem could instruct the transmission to shift into neutral when the vehicle is being started. Approximately 295,000 vehicles are in the U.S., 28,500 are in Canada, 4,200 are in Mexico and 141,000 are outside the NAFTA region.

"A transfer case electrical failure may result in an unintentional shifting of the transfer case into the neutral position," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "If the vehicle shifts into neutral, it may roll away, increasing the risk of a crash or personal injury."

The affected Jeep Grand Cherokees were built from February 11, 2004 through March 9, 2010. The affected Jeep Commanders were built from January 31, 2005 through March 10, 2010.

Chrysler said in a statement on its Web site that it discovered some circuit boards may transmit compromised signals that enable inadvertent gearshifts to neutral.

Chrysler dealers will perform a software update to correct the problem. NHTSA said dealers "will reflash the final drive controller which governs the transfer case with new software."

The recall is expected to begin in June. Owners can contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403.

Edmunds says: This is a problem that owners of the aforementioned Jeep vehicles will want to address as soon as the recall begins next month.

Comments

  • 5tropes 5tropes Posts:

    Hello! Is it too late for my 2006 Jeep Cherokee Limited? I am considering buying one from a private party, but don't know if this problem was ever addressed in the car. June, 2013.

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