Back in February, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recalled more than 228,000 Jeep Cherokees to upgrade software associated with the SUV's airbags. As we reported at the time, the airbags in some Cherokee models had deployed without warning when the vehicles were engaged in "extreme maneuvers" that caused the vehicles to tip one way or the other (e.g. during sharp turns or while traveling over rough terrain).
FCA has now expanded that recall to include slightly more than 62,000 additional Cherokee vehicles registered in North America. However, the recall is still limited to vehicles made for the 2014 and 2015 model-years. FCA notes that it has received no new reports of incidents, accidents, or injuries linked to the problem.
At last count, the recall affected 228,181 Cherokee SUVs around the globe. With the expansion, the new total is 316,774, or 88,593 additional vehicles. Of that number, 230,240 are registered in the U.S.; 28,110 are in Canada; 6,367 are in Mexico; and 52,057 are registered elsewhere.
FCA says that once Cherokee owners receive recall notices, they'll be able to take their vehicles to a Jeep dealership for a software upgrade that will adjust the threshold for airbag deployment. The upgrade will be carried out at no charge.
If you have additional questions, we encourage you to contact FCA at 800-853-1403.