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FCA recalls 37,372 Jeep Grand Cherokees

Faulty wiring harness could lock auto transmission in Park or Neutral

Published: May 13, 2016, 10:30 PM
Updated: August 2, 2016, 6:15 PM

2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling over 37,000 sport utility vehicles to address an automatic transmission problem that could render the vehicles inoperative.

The issue arises from a wiring harness that may have been incorrectly crimped by the supplier, potentially resulting in a terminal losing contact and locking the shifter in Park or Neutral, when the vehicle is stopped. If the vehicle is stuck in Neutral, it may roll away when left unattended.

Although the company is unaware of any incidents related to the problem, without injuries of course, it is still asking owners of 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokees — 32,267 in the U.S., 2,095 in Canada, 538 in Mexico, and 2,472 outside North America — to bring the SUVs to dealerships to have the wiring harness inspected and replaced as necessary.

Until they are advised of the service order from FCA, owners are urged to set the emergency brake when exiting the vehicle.

2015 Dodge Durango

This the second recall for the 2016 Grand Cherokee in about a month, having been recalled at the beginning of April to address a problem with a badly-manufactured brake calliper (specifically, the left front calliper) that could leave it prone to cracking and, therefore, loss of braking. Grand Cherokees from 2015, as well as 2015-16 model year Dodge Durangos were also affected by that recall.

In total, 15,452 vehicles were affected by the brake calliper recall — 14,769 in the US, 396 in Canada and 287 outside North America.

Owners can also call FCA US Customer Care at (800) 853-1403.