Stellantis (FCA US, LLC) is recalling certain 2018 to 2019 Jeep® Grand Cherokee (WK2) and Dodge Durango (WD) vehicles. The recall is due to a possible malfunction in the antilock brake system (ABS) module that may illuminate the brake lights, and allow the vehicle to start and shift out of “Park” without the brake pedal being applied.
According to the recall, the Hydraulic Control Unit (HCU) ABS system module can falsely read pressure in the primary circuit. An HCU/ABS module that falsely reads pressure in the primary circuit may illuminate the brake lights, as well as allows the vehicle to start and shift out of “Park” without the brake pedal being depressed. This condition can result in unintended vehicle movement and cause a vehicle crash without prior warning and/or injury to others outside the vehicle.
The suspect period began on June 10th, 2018, when the suspect HCU/ABS modules were introduced into vehicle production at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant (now Detroit Assembly Complex – Jefferson), the facility that manufactures the Grand Cherokee and Durango. The suspect period ended on April 30th, 2019, when the suspect parts were no longer used in vehicle production.
Warranty and vehicle production records were used to determine the suspect period. Similar vehicles not included in this recall were built before or after the suspect period.
The total affected vehicles include 270,904 units (211,934 Grand Cherokees and 58,970 Durangos).
- 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 and met with FCA US engineering to
investigate the issue and the vehicles involved, and determined the suspect population of vehicles affected.
- As of May 31st, 2022, 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 May 24th, 2022.
- As of May 31st, 2022, FCA US is not aware of any accidents or injuries potentially relating to this issue for all
- On June 2nd, 2022, FCA US determined, through the Vehicle Regulations Committee, to conduct a voluntary
safety recall of the affected vehicles.
The remedy is under development. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on Friday, July 29th, 2022. Owners may contact FCA US, LLC customer service at 1-800-853-1403. FCA US, LLC’s number for this recall is Z48.
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.