2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Chrysler is recalling 2014 models of the Jeep Grand Cherokee -- specifically, those vehicles manufactured between January 8, 2013 and August 20, 2013.
The recall stems from unrelated problems with the Grand Cherokee's software and electrical wiring. Combined, the two flaws could wreak havoc on the vehicle's anti-lock brake system, electronic stability control, and other elements.
This kind of compound problem is a little unusual, so we'll let the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration explain it. According to NHTSA's recall bulletin, " 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."
In other words: not only could this double-whammy of a flaw reduce a driver's ability to control the vehicle, but it could also prevent the onboard computer from warning her that there's a problem in the first place.
All told, 91,559 vehicles are affected by the recall.
Chrysler says that it will begin telling owners about the recall later this month. Once owners receive an official recall notice, they'll be able to take their Grand Cherokee to a licensed Jeep dealer, who will "update the ABS and instrument cluster module software and tighten the alternator ground wire, free of charge".
If you have questions in the meantime, we encourage you to contact Chrysler at 800-247-9753 and ask about recall N58. Alternately, you can contact NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and inquire about recall campaign #13V483000.