Is your Jeep Grand Cherokee or Dodge Durango running? If not, it could still be rolling away. You might need to go catch it. Over 270,00 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango models face a faulty brake reading that may increase the risk of rollaway crashes.
Recall alert for Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango rollaway risks
The recall includes 2018 – 2019 Grand Cherokee and 2018 – 2019 Durango units. The models were manufactured between June 10, 2018, and April 30, 2019.
As a result, the vehicles can start up and shift out of park without the brake pedal being applied.
This increases the risk of the SUVs unintentionally rolling away and could lead to accidents. Plus, the brake light may illuminate while the pedal isn’t being pressed.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), while this increases the risk of crashes, the unintended movement could also harm people outside of the vehicle.
You may notice this issue if the brake lights stay illuminated after the brake pedal is released. Plus, a dash light may illuminate after an unintentional rollaway occurs. So, keep an eye out for lights and rolling.
What to do if your Grand Cherokee or Durango is at risk
Stellantis will begin notifying owners of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango models at risk via mail by July 29, 2022. You can also contact Stellantis for more information at 800-853-1403. The recall number is Z48.
You can enter your Vehicle Identification Number on the NHTSA site to see if your vehicle is at risk. The recall number for this issue is 22V246.
Your vehicle will need to go in for service. You can visit a local Stellantis dealership. You don’t have to return to the same place you purchased your vehicle.
However, Stellantis doesn’t have a plan to fix the problem yet. Investigations are underway, but Stellantis doesn’t know why the ABS modules are failing.
Hopefully, the fix will be figured out by the end of July. The vehicles should be inspected and repaired if necessary at no cost to owners. If you’ve already had this issue repaired, you could be reimbursed, but you’ll need your receipt.
Is the rollaway risk dangerous?
The rollaway risks for the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango have the potential to be dangerous. However, Stellantis is currently unaware of any accidents or injuries related to this recall.
Stellantis knows about 29 field reports, 150 customer assistance records, and 260 warranty claims related to this issue. The braking problem seems to be growing, but at least it isn’t causing damage.
We will keep an eye on things to see how this story develops. The repairs could involve a software update or require certain parts related to the ABS to be replaced. Be sure to schedule your maintenance appointment in advance to avoid long waiting times.