Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling more than 228,000 Jeep Cherokee SUVs from the 2014 and 2015 model years. According to FCA, the airbag systems in some of those vehicles have deployed without warning.
All of the deployments took place after vehicles had been involved in "extreme maneuvers". FCA explains that "These maneuvers dramatically changed the vehicles’ angle of operation, relative to the ground". (For example, the vehicles might have begun to tip to one side or the other during a sharp turn.) As a result, the Cherokee's safety systems believed that the vehicle was in danger of rolling over and deployed the airbags.
FCA says that the deployments affected only the side-curtain and seat-mounted side airbags. The automaker also notes that it knows of no accidents, injuries, or fatalities linked to the problem.
All told, the Cherokee recall affects 228,181 vehicles, including 168,092 registered in the U.S., 19,557 registered in Canada, and 4,133 registered in Mexico. The remaining 36,399 are located elsewhere.
In its statement announcing the recall, FCA didn't indicate when it will officially mail out recall notices. When it does, though, owners will be able to take their SUVs to Jeep dealers, who will upgrade the airbag system's software. The fix will be provided free of charge.
If you own a Cherokee from 2014 or 2015 and have additional questions, you're encouraged to contact FCA customer service at 800-853-1403.