2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee - dead-on front viewChrysler's spate of successful products is about to be marred by a trio of recalls. The Pentastar is recalling 51,477 Ram trucks and Jeep SUVs. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there have been no reported accidents, injuries or deaths related to the affected vehicles.

The largest action covers the Ram 1500, which is seeing 45,961 trucks being recalled. Models built between June 26, 2012 and February 5, 2013 are being recalled due to a potential software issue in the electronic stability control. Apparently, the system can be randomly deactivated upon vehicle startup.

Chrysler is also recalling 4,458 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee models. Covering everything but the SRT models, the potentially defective SUVs were built between January 14 and March 20, 2013. This recall focuses on "premium headlights," which means cars equipped with LED running lights. During the switch from the bright daytime running lamp setting to the low-intensity parking light setting, an electrical spike can cause one of the Jeep's computers to go into a safe mode, turning off the LEDs. This violates Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.

Finally, Chrysler is recalling 1,058 Ram 4500 and 5500 heavy-duty pickups. The action covers vehicles manufactured between January 22 and March 8, 2013 due to an incorrect bolt attaching the track bar to the frame. If the bolt breaks or falls off while driving, drivers may lose control of the vehicle.

Owners of effected models will be notified to report to their dealers for free repairs or retrofits, with all three recalls kicking off in August.
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Manufacturer: Chrysler Group LLC

SUMMARY:
Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2013 RAM 1500 4x4 trucks manufactured June 26, 2012, through February 5, 2013. Due to a software issue with the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) module, the ESC system may be disabled when the vehicle is started.

CONSEQUENCE:
A disabled ESC system may result in loss of directional control, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will update the ESC module software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in August 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N37.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Manufacturer: Chrysler Group LLC

SUMMARY:
Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2014, non-SRT trimmed, Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured January 14, 2013, through March 20, 2013 equipped with premium headlamps. In the affected vehicles, when switching between daytime running lights and parking lights, electrical spikes may cause the parking lamps to turn off. Without properly functioning parking lamps these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108, "Lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment."

CONSEQUENCE:
Without parking lamps, the vehicle may not be as visible to other vehicles, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will update the Central Body Controller software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in August 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N42.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Manufacturer: Chrysler Group LLC

SUMMARY:
Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2013 RAM 4500 and 5500 trucks manufactured January 22, 2013, through March 8, 2013. An incorrect bolt may have been used to attach the track bar to the frame.

CONSEQUENCE:
The incorrect attaching bolt may break or fall out, resulting in the vehicle suddenly pulling to one side, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the track bar fasteners, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in August 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N41.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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      Bill Burke
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh those suppliers, they are letting us all down. Come on guys, the domestics need you and a better job for them and their customers. Little glitches like this equals bad press and lost sales. Darn!
        clquake
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bill Burke
        It's really the car manufacturers fault. If they ask three companies to bid on a contract, and they pick the lowest one, whose fault is that? They know about how much it should cost to make, so they should know if a bid is too low.
      barneslebjr
      • 1 Year Ago
      Massive is 51,000. Give me a break. Trying to hype up the story boy's. Just report the news not make it.
      arenadood
      • 1 Year Ago
      At least it is not mechanical, just a software update that will only take them a couple of minutes to do.
      jgrychak
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have heard that Chrysler is coming out with a newer model to replace the 200 model.
        John
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jgrychak
        There is a new 200 coming out for 2014. http://www.allcarmodels.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/2014-chrysler-200-5.jpg My GM went to the dealer meeting earlier this year in vegas and said that^ is very much what it will look like.
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      Chrysler really needs to get rid of whoever is writing the software for them and supplying their electric components. 51,477, now this mostly software issue in the electronic stability control 281,500, Software error airbags 490,000, Faulty micro-controllers Still can't buy a bad cars these days mechanically, still buggy software and electronics in the industry.
        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cruising
        No doubt! "Models built between June 26, 2012 and February 5, 2013"..so software released for production 18 months ago (software is frozen long before production) is JUST now being realized to be flawed?! Also, they made a change on February 6th, so it took them 5 months to issue a recall after already fixing the problem for production. Why is it taking so long to outsource crappy software? A lot of the software found in cars is outsourced to buildings full of slave labor. No wonder its proving to be crap.
          iapk592
          • 1 Year Ago
          @m_2012
          Ihave had three Ram vehicles and every one has had electrical problems. One being a recall. Took the truck in for wiring replacement. had the same problem a week later and went to a different dealership and was eold the wiring harness had not been replaced and they wouldn't do it as I didn't have the letter on the recall. Yep first dealer had kept the letter.
      kymeraorion2026
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ford and dodge suck.
      Master Austin
      • 1 Year Ago
      In other news Consumer Reports just recommended the Ram yesterday.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Master Austin
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          m_2012
          • 1 Year Ago
          Yea, but a million vehicles recalled for issues that a first year intern should have picked up on is a little much, huh? They sold the software writing to the cheapest bidder in some foreign land and it bit them in the a$$. Simple.
          fuzzyfish6
          • 1 Year Ago
          You have prove of that, Mr. m_2012?
          bubciak
          • 1 Year Ago
          Toyota ? )))))
          m_2012
          • 1 Year Ago
          The million vehicles? Sure, the last three recalls. The offshore software? It is well known Tier 1 suppliers use foreign software coders for development of ECU's and other controllers. It follows the trend of other software. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Offshore_software_R%26D There are companies that specialize in being the liaison to get your software developed in foreign lands.
          clquake
          • 1 Year Ago
          CR withdrew their Toyota recommendations in 2010 after all the reports.
      drakkusshadows
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is Dodge trying to take away Toyota's title of being the "King of Recalls"?
        • 1 Year Ago
        @drakkusshadows
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      ufgrat
      • 1 Year Ago
      "... can cause one of the Jeep's computers to go into a safe mode, turning off the LEDs. This violates Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards." No, not really. FMVSS 108 specifies that vehicles are allowed to have DRL's, and if they do, what standards they must meet. It doesn't require them.
      noknrc
      • 1 Year Ago
      These are minor issues only effecting a minimal amount of vehicles. I have a 2005 Ram 3500 I would not trade for anything. It has never given me one problem.
      MJC
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is why LED DRLs should be left to Audi where they belong...
      mapoftazifosho
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm in market and love the new JGC...I want to trust you guys, but god damn...
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mapoftazifosho
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          fuzzyfish6
          • 1 Year Ago
          Do you say this to BMW, Audi, Bentley, Jag, Land Rover and Rolls Royce customers too?
          mchica
          • 1 Year Ago
          BMW transmissions are fine now that they no longer use the GM Crapmatics. RR's has since moved to ZF as well. Audi trannies have never been a huge issue have they?
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mapoftazifosho
        [blocked]
        Tom
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mapoftazifosho
        I DID buy the new JGC. I test drove it and bought it the next day (Limited w/Lux, Towing and Hemi). From a 2014 owner affected by this recall (build 3/13/14) I say go for it. You will NOT be disappointed.
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