AUBURN HILLS, Michigan — Fiat Chrysler is recalling approximately 65 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs in customers' hands because of a problem that could lead to component breakage, rear-end instability and/or reduced braking power. It also issued an urgent warning to owners of those vehicles to stop driving them.
The automaker also is recalling an additional 7,690 of those vehicles, but said the larger population "is limited to vehicles that are not yet in service."
"They are in dealer hands or are in transit to dealers," it said in a statement. "Their locations are precisely known. All will be inspected and serviced — if necessary — before delivery or sale."
The 7,690 SUVs are being recalled because they were built during the same eight-day period as the 65 in customers' hands.
The automaker said it is phoning those customers who have taken delivery of the affected vehicles to arrange on-site vehicle inspections.
"If an inspection determines a vehicle is equipped with a suspect component, the vehicle will be transported to a dealership for service," Fiat Chrysler said in a statement.
The company said it is not aware of any related injuries, accidents or customer complaints linked to the recall.
The component supplier discovered the problem during an internal quality review.
Fiat Chrysler said it launched an investigation to determine if any vehicles were affected and halted vehicle shipments from its assembly plant. The affected vehicles were built from June 12 through June 20.
"Production has since resumed with components that adhere to the company's strict manufacturing specifications," it said.
No information about the recall has been posted on the Web site of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees vehicle safety in the U.S.
Edmunds says: Fiat Chrysler is moving quickly to contact customers affected by this recall. Check your VIN and then contact Fiat Chrysler customer service for more assistance if you own one of these vehicles.