The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and its Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) announced earlier this week, that it is investigating 2014 to 2020 Jeep® Cherokee (KL) models after receiving 80 complaints from owners regarding issues with the Electronic Parking Brake (EPB).
Based on related repair invoices, it appears the EPB module may be damaged by water leaking into the vehicle. When the EPB inadvertently activates, it causes a stalling condition bringing the vehicle to a stop. ODI says it is aware of a former recall 15V-393 that addresses water ingress affecting the power liftgate module on the same population of vehicles subject to the investigation.
The liftgate module can potentially catch fire as a result of the water damage. Both the liftgate and EPB modules are located in a similar area of the vehicle.
On May 11th, 2016, FCA US, LLC released a Technical Service Bulleting (FCA #08-060-16) that instructed dealers on replacing the EPB module and inspecting the electrical connector for corrosion if a customer describes having the EPB not releasing.
A Preliminary Evaluation has been opened to assess the alleged defect. At the moment, the NHTSA has not called for a recall for the issue as of yet. An estimated 1,341,055 Cherokees could be affected by the issue.