According to the New York Times (Published 05/11/2013, Jensen, Christopher, Web) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) (Web Report 05/07/2013), Chrysler is recalling about 469,000 Jeeps worldwide, including about 295,000 in the United States, because a transfer case electrical failure may result in an unintentional shifting of the transfer case into the neutral position. If the vehicle shifts into neutral, it may roll away increasing the risk of a crash or personal injury.
The affected models are the Jeep Commanders for the 2006 to 2010 model years and Grand Cherokees from the 2005 to 2010 model years.
NHTSA says that cracks in a circuit board can cause a faulty signal as the SUV’s are being started causing the vehicle to shift into neutral and possibly roll away.
Chrysler will notify owners and dealers will update software to take care of the problem at no cost to owners. Car owners should consult with an authorized dealer for more information concerning the recall.
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