Stellantis (FCA US, LLC) has announced a safety recall on certain Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) Hydraulic Control Units (HCUs) with the Part No. 68085397AB that are intended for use on some 2011 to 2022 Jeep® Grand Cherokee (WK2) and 2011 to 2020 Dodge Durango (WD) vehicles.
Some of the above HCU / ABS modules may falsely read pressure in the primary circuit. When installed in a vehicle, an HCU / ABS module that can falsely read pressure in the primary circuit may illuminate the brake lights, as well as allow the vehicle to start and shift out of the park position without the brake pedal being depressed. This condition can cause unintended vehicle movement which can cause a vehicle crash without prior warning and/or injury to others outside the vehicle.
About 330 units are affected by the recall.
Recall Chronology :
- On October 5th, 2021, the FCA US LLC (“FCA US”) Technical Safety and Regulatory Compliance (“TSRC”) organization opened an investigation based on an increase in warranty claims on some Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles of customers experiencing the brake lights staying on.
- From October 2021 to January 2022, FCA US TSRC reviewed and analyzed warranty records, and determined that Dodge Durango vehicles were also experiencing the brake lights staying on.
- From January 2022 to May 2022, FCA US TSRC analyzed vehicle records, met with FCA US engineering to investigate the issue and the vehicles involved, and determined the suspect population of vehicles affected.
- On June 2nd, 2022, FCA US determined, through the Vehicle Regulations Committee, to conduct a voluntary safety recall of the affected vehicles. The root cause was unknown.
- On August 12th, 2022, the supplier isolated the root cause of a process issue.
- From August 2022 to February 2023, FCA US TSRC received suspect service part traceability data from the supplier, identified the suspect service part quantities shipped to dealerships, verified suspect service parts were not used in vehicle production, obtained Mopar sales information for suspect service parts sent to dealerships, and verified make/model/model year compatibility of suspect service parts.
- As of February 24th, 2023, FCA US has identified 150 customer assistance records, 216 warranty claims, and 29 field reports potentially relating to this issue for all markets with dates of receipt ranging from November 11th, 2019, to March 3rd, 2021.
- As of February 24th, 2023, FCA US is not aware of any accidents or injuries potentially relating to this issue for all markets.
- On March 2nd, 2023, FCA US determined, through the Vehicle Regulations Committee, to conduct a voluntary safety recall of the affected units.
FCA US will conduct a voluntary safety recall on all affected parts to repurchase suspect HCUs. If installed on a vehicle, FCA US will replace the HCU. The remedy for this condition is not currently available. Dealers will be notified of the launch of this safety recall by way of established communication methods. This recall is estimated to launch in Q2 of 2023.
Dealers will repurchase the HCU modules, or replace installed HCU modules, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on April 28th, 2023. Owners may contact FCA US, LLC customer service at 1-800-853-1403. FCA US, LLC’s number for this recall is 21A.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.nhtsa.gov.
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