Rollaway Threat Prompts Recall of Jeep Commanders, Grand Cherokees

Posted on May 13, 2013

Hundreds of thousands of vehicles are being recalled by The Chrysler Group because of an issue that could lead to an automobile collision or a strike on pedestrians or property.  If you own of the listed vehicles, make sure that you take the proper precautions until such time that you can get the automobile fixed.

The recall affects two types of Jeep vehicles:  Commanders of the 2006 through 2010 model years and Grand Cherokees of the 2005 through 2010 model years.  Just under 300,000 automobiles available around the country are impacted by the recall.

The aforementioned vehicles could suffer an electrical malfunction in their transfer case.  This can lead that component to be shuttled into neutral from whatever position it was in.  If the vehicle is parked when this takes place, and the driver isn’t available to halt the unit’s progress, the unit can roll away.  Whether it roll into traffic, a nearby pedestrian, or some type of structure, the danger would be readily apparent.

To prevent this crash hazard, Chrysler will initiate the recall at some point in June.  Owners will hear from the company at that time, at which point they’ll be able to bring the Jeeps in to a dealer.  Said dealers will upload new software to the component that oversees the transfer case.  This will be done at no cost to vehicle owners.

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