WASHINGTON — Chrysler is recalling an estimated 184,186 2014 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs globally because the steering software may disable the stability control, according to the automaker and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"Due to an issue with the software for the Steering Column Control Module, the electronic stability control may be disabled," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "If the ESC is disabled during certain driving situations, the driver may not be able to adequately control the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash."
Chrysler said it is unaware of any injuries or accidents linked to the recall.
"Following an investigation prompted by field data, Chrysler Group engineers discovered a debris cover protecting a certain circuit board may inadvertently disrupt a communication line and disable ESC," the automaker said.
The affected vehicles were built from October 3, 2013 to April 11, 2014.
An estimated 132,223 vehicles are in the U.S. The rest are in Canada, Mexico and outside the NAFTA region.
Edmunds says: Affected customers will be notified next month and advised when they may schedule service. But if you own one of these vehicles and are experiencing a problem, it's best to get in touch with your dealer now.