Stellantis (FCA US, LLC) is recalling 181,999 units of its 2022-2023 Jeep® Compass (MP) vehicles. The brightness level of the Instrument Panel Cluster (IPC) may not be adjustable due to incorrect Body Control Module (BCM) software. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 101, “Control and Displays.”
Some of the above vehicles may have been built with incorrectly programmed BCM software which may result in an IPC backlight with no adjustability. An IPC display that is not visible to the driver may result in the driver’s attention being distracted from the driving task while trying to locate a desired display, which can cause a vehicle crash without prior warning.
The suspect period began on February 17th, 2021, when 2022 MY vehicle production began, and ended on July 26th, 2023, when updated BCMs were introduced into vehicle production. The suspect period was determined using supplier and vehicle production records.
Recall Chronology –
- On April 12th, 2023, the FCA US LLC (“FCA US”) Technical Safety and Regulatory Compliance (“TSRC”) organization was notified of a potential issue related to center cluster displays with no backlight adjustability in some Jeep Compass vehicles.
- From April 13th, 2023, through August 1st, 2023, FCA US TSRC met with FCA US engineering to review the issue, understand part design and failure mode, and to determine the suspect population.
- On August 2nd, 2023, the FCA US TSRC organization recognized a vehicle build issue existed on certain vehicles related to a condition that can lead to the lack of backlight adjustability, potentially causing a noncompliance with FMVSS No. 101.
- On August 7th, 2023, FCA US determined, through the Vehicle Regulations Committee, to conduct a voluntary safety recall of the affected vehicles.
Dealers will update the BCM software, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on October 3rd, 2023. Owners may contact FCA US, LLC customer service at 1-800-853-1403. FCA US, LLC’s number for this recall is 88A.