Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling more than 37,000 Jeep Cherokee SUVs from the 2016 model year. The automaker reports that an electrical flaw could affect the vehicle's transmission, which might cause headaches for owners.
The flaw is rooted in select wiring harnesses, which may not have been properly crimped by the supplier. As a result, associated wiring terminals might lose their electrical connection, and that, in turn, could cause the Cherokee's shifter to become locked in either "park" or "neutral" when the SUV comes to a stop.
The recall affects 32,267 vehicles registered in the U.S., 2,095 in Canada, 538 in Mexico; and 2,472 elsewhere.
Owners of those vehicles will receive recall notices by mail, explaining the necessary fix and asking them to schedule service appointments with their local Jeep dealers. Until SUVs have been repaired, FCA strongly encourages owners to set their parking brakes before leaving their vehicles.
If you should have questions about this recall or the underlying problem, you're encouraged to contact FCA's Customer Care Center at 1-800-853-1403.