Chrysler has issued a recall for select Dodge Durango, Jeep Cherokee, and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles from the 2014 model year. According to a statement from the automaker, the recall affects vehicles manufactured between January 16 and April 17 of this year and includes the Grand Cherokee SRT.
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The recall stems from a problem with the cruise control system installed on the affected models. Chrysler says that "when cruise-control is engaged, an acceleration initiated by the driver may be extended by about one second after the accelerator pedal is released. Vehicle speed then returns to the desired setting". In the SRT, the acceleration period can last as long as two seconds.
The good news is that Chrysler says the flaw has no effect on brake functionality: tapping the brakes will still deactivate cruise control altogether. Furthermore, the company knows of no accidents, injuries, or complaints associated with the problem. The issue was revealed during a "routine internal quality audit". (A jab at GM, on the day it revealed findings from its internal "Switchgate" investigation? Probably just a coincidence.)
The better news is that of the roughly 10,700 vehicles affected by the recall, about half are either parked at a dealership or en route to one. All told, 6,100 of the units are located in the U.S., with another 950 in Canada, 425 in Mexico, and 3,200 in other countries.
The fix for the flaw involves a software upgrade. Chrysler hasn't indicated when that upgrade will be available, but notes that customers should expect to receive notices soon. In the meantime, Chrysler suggest that motorists may not want to activate their cruise control systems until the problem is fixed.
If you believe you own one of the affected vehicles and have questions in the meantime, you're encouraged to call Chrysler's Customer Assistance Center at 800-853-1403.