According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Chrysler is recalling 91,559 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs from the 2014 model year due to some serious electrical issues. All of the affected models were built between January 8 and August 20, 2013.

The NHTSA report states that, "Due to a disruption of computer communications and loose alternator ground wires, the affected vehicles may experience random illumination of multiple instrument cluster warning lights, loss of cluster illumination and loss of anti-lock brake system (ABS) and electronic stability control (ESC) function." The loss of ABS or ESC would greatly reduce a driver's ability to control the vehicle if things get squirrely, and since these failures would not be illuminated on the dashboard display, drivers would not be warned of the issue, increasing the risk of a crash.

The recall is expected to kick off sometime this month. Chrysler will notify affected Jeep owners and dealerships "will update the ABS and instrument cluster module software and tighten the alternator ground wire," according to NHTSA.
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Report Receipt Date: OCT 17, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V483000
Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM , ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL , SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Potential Number of Units Affected: 91,559

All Products Associated with this Recall

JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE 2014

Manufacturer: Chrysler Group LLC

SUMMARY

Chrysler Group, LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured January 8, 2013, through August 20, 2013. Due to a disruption of computer communications and loose alternator ground wires, the affected vehicles may experience random illumination of multiple instrument cluster warning lights, loss of cluster illumination and loss of anti-lock brake system (ABS) and electronic stability control (ESC) function. Because of these conditions, the vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 101, "Controls and Displays," and No. 126, "Electronic Stability Control Systems."

CONSEQUENCE

A loss of ABS and ESC function reduces the driver's ability to control the vehicle. Drivers would not be warned of brake system failures or any other failures which would be illuminated on the dashboard display. Either condition increases the risk of a crash.

REMEDY

Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will update the ABS and instrument cluster module software and tighten the alternator ground wire, free of charge. The recall is planned to begin in November 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N58.

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.


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      frostillicus80
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh noes!! My electronic nanies are off! I can\'t... control... this thing!! AIEEEEEEE! *crash*
      bookemd
      • 1 Year Ago
      My 2012 wrangler yesterday while driving at 60 turned off the Nav screen for 5 seconds then restarted back to normal. Never happened before, but I think Jeeps have electrical problems. My vehicle is relatively simple, I would be worried of purchasing a first run of a more advanced vehicle from Jeep. Always wait a year or two!
      • 1 Year Ago
      animekyoto90, It seems your bias is showing also. Just keep in mind we all have our preferences in life. That doesn't make someone a sheep or a drone because you don't agree with them. Some of use still bleed red, white, and blue. It's OK if you don't. We won't hold it against you. To each his own.
      vizcarmb
      • 1 Year Ago
      They dont call it Fix It Again Tony for not reason. See what happens when FIAT takes over.
        mapoftazifosho
        • 1 Year Ago
        @vizcarmb
        Isn't the GC primarily MB and Chrysler? Plus this sounds like someone not properly tightening the cable from the harness to the alternator...
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mapoftazifosho
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          GerMer
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mapoftazifosho
          They're too drunk...
          Tina Dang
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mapoftazifosho
          MB has nothing to do with this drama.
        Chris Bangle
        • 1 Year Ago
        @vizcarmb
        Jeep has long had issues with electrical components
        404 not found
        • 1 Year Ago
        @vizcarmb
        The current Jeep is 10000x better than anything non-Fiat Chrysler made.
        Jesus!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @vizcarmb
        Oh buddy comeon. I have a GC and love it but I knew buying it I would prob have some issues. They have never been perfect, but they are probably the best they have been in a long time now. I am no fan of Fiat myself but Chrysler had issues long before they came along.
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      How can the GC be so handsome & the Cherokee so hideous???
      Paul
      • 1 Year Ago
      I was actually going to shop some 2014 Jeep GC this weekend. But I think I will reconsider the JEEP GC ... seems like JEEP just has too many quality control problems popping up recently. Too Bad ... I have a 2010 vehicle and ready to do a deal.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is the old Chrysler back?
      Mike
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well that's rather serious...
        Jesus!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mike
        Yeah it is. However, Id rather take my chances in the GC then the Odyssey that likes to slam on the brakes with no lights randomly lol.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jesus!
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          Jesus!
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jesus!
          Anime I will admit I buy American only. But thats my business as it is yours to whatever you buy. All automakers have some reason or another to not buy them, but I rather support my home if I can. I refuse to buy Japanese blandmobiles. Mercedes is too girly for me. Bmw would be my first foriegn choice, however, their styling inside and out is grossly outdated compared to American autos...well most.
          Karfreek
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jesus!
          Jesus! Is the odyssey issue better or worse than the Grand Caravan/Town and Country recall for the Curtain airbags that would go off on the opposite side of the side impact?
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      Werent electrical gremlins something from the 80s and 90s?
      Maria Elena Lopez
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have 2014 grand cherokee and a month after I got it it started making a rattling noise under the dash board and they can't figure out what the problem is. Any suggestions
      ronaldronscr
      • 1 Year Ago
      I was in the Market for a new 2014 Jeep but i guess i will Hold off or maybe i will just stay with my 2009 Honda 4x4 CRV. It still runs great. Chrysler always made Junk they should sell the Jeep Division to Ford or GM.
      Tiffany
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hmmm...I will be in the market soon for a newer jeep. Do jeep really need esc? Mine is almost 20 years old and is doing fine with nav, esc, things like that. People have also lived without Abs. *gasp* I'm also sad to see that Chrysler is still battling electrical demons.
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