Software glitches that randomly illuminate warning lights and cause instrument cluster blackouts are forcing Chrysler to recall 140,800 vehicles, The Detroit News reports. The automaker is recalling 132,000 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokees, 91,559 of which are in the US. In addition to the Jeep recalls, Chrysler is adding 10,800 2014 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 trucks to the list for similar problems.

Chrysler reportedly says, "Both events occurred infrequently and appeared to resolve themselves by tuning the vehicle's ignition off and then on."

Engineers discovered a problem with the anti-lock-braking system software that causes the instrument cluster display of the Grand Cherokee to illuminate warning lights and black out - even its ABS and electronic stability control systems are affected. To fix the Jeeps, Chrysler will update the vehicle's software.

The Ram trucks' instrument clusters have faulty digital memory that prevented the displays from activating correctly. Chrysler will perform an instrument cluster software update to fix them, and most of the trucks still are in dealership possession.

No injuries in relation to the recalls have been reported. Chrysler will provide the software updates to customers free of charge.


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      charles
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is good news. Talk on JGC forums was no fix coming until calendar year 2014, so glad to hear the fix has arrived.
      groingo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Again and again we see Chrysler recalls, looks like their quality is back down to the 70's levels or JUNK.
      Maciej Jackiewicz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Chrysler really needs to start working on their build quality. My cousin recently leased a '14 Grand Cherokee and within 3 weeks, the backup camera stopped working. Every time he puts the car in reverse, all he gets is a "Blue Screen of Death" I guess after Fiat took over, Chrysler inherited the Italian's panache for faulty wiring
        superchan7
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Maciej Jackiewicz
        To be honest this is a software issue. That doesn't mean quality control doesn't apply to software, but Chrysler cars have one of the most attractive infotainment systems on the market. They need to ramp up their QC testing.
        Jesus!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Maciej Jackiewicz
        They have come a long way but I agree. I purposely test drove a preowned 12 GC to see how it did with wear and tear. I have driven 3 actually and all seemed to impress. Mine? Gear shift is starting to stick in park sporadically, 2 times now. Center console is a cheap piece of plastic that eeks and creaks and is annoying. Guage plastic is cheap too. Kinda disappointing for a 32k vehicle. It is my first Jeep and probably my last. I gave Chrysler a chance but I expected more. Last hope is GM. After that, not sure what I will drive!
      Trace
      • 1 Year Ago
      So they are still using the same engineering as they did on the 2006 PT Cruiser. TIPM is a POS.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Trace
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      Wacko
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow are Autoblog users all mopar fanboys, all comments are getting thumbs downs....
        merlot066
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Wacko
        The multiple account trolls show up on random posts. Someone went through the September sales post and downed the pro-Ford and anti-Toyota/Lexus posts by 7 or 8. Not always, just sometimes.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @merlot066
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      Bob
      • 1 Year Ago
      Chrysler electrical system problems are nothing new. I drove a 1970 Power Wagon W-250 in 1972 while stationed in Alaska, admittedly, a harsh environment. The parking lights would come on whenever the ignition was turned on. A few years later I had a HVAC blower switch catch fire in a Tradesman van.
        OffRoaderWrangler
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bob
        Yea I imagine the same people/management/suppliers are making them....what a dumb thing to say.
          Bob
          • 1 Year Ago
          @OffRoaderWrangler
          Oh, they have improved in some respects I'm sure. At least the starters don't make that annoying noise anymore.
      A A
      • 1 Year Ago
      Chrysler's constant quality issues are the single think stopping me from considering to buy a new cherokee.
      cheneque1
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope this is not a surprise to anyone with Union workers that were caught drinking on the job, fired and then rehired through the Union again. This is why I will still not buy a Jeep. Even though its the one vehicle I dream of.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @cheneque1
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      superchan7
      • 1 Year Ago
      Where are the "Japanese Junk" and "ToyoTurd" commenters now?
      mark and connie
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's not a good thing when two of Chryslers cash cows are in the midst of a massive recall just as the company wants to issue stock. Electrical problems are the hardest to find the source. Just when you think you have it solved it seems to return elsewhere in the system.
        superchan7
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mark and connie
        As Chrysler brings its cars upmarket (at least in terms of infotainment and digital IP), it will need to focus more resources on software QC.
      ishmaelcrowley
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope Chrysler hasn't inherited FIAT's reputation for reliability.
        benjamin_braddock
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ishmaelcrowley
        You mean Fiat's outdated reputation. You must surely still be living in the 1980s?
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