Chrysler Group LLC has announced the recall of around 469,000 SUVs around the world to update software after discovering that the circuit boards of some of its units were transmitting signals that unintentionally sets the gear shifts to neutral. The recall covers 2006- to 2010-model-year Jeep Commanders and 2005 to 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokees.
Around 295,000 of these vehicles are found in the U.S., about 28,500 are in Canada while 4,200 are in Mexico. A Chrysler spokesman said that 141,000 of these vehicles are outside of North America. Chrysler also said that no fatalities have been reported but that it knows of 26 accidents and 2 injuries that were the result of the gearshift problem. This is the biggest recall of Chrysler vehicles since November’s global recall of over 900,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty SUVs to repair a part that may cause airbags to deploy accidentally.
Chrysler is also recalling 532 units of the 2013-model-year Ram 1500 pickup trucks in the U.S. and Canada to examine and if necessary, replace windshield defrosting and defogging parts. About one-third of this number is still in dealerships’ inventories. Furthermore, Chrysler is recalling around 5,330 right-hand-drive 2008 to 2012 Jeep Wranglers to put in dust shields to avoid dust buildup that could affect how the airbag works.
All of these vehicles are in the U.S. A majority of these units are used for rural mail delivery. Chrysler said that it hasn’t received reports of any accidents or injuries related to the Ram and Wrangler recall issues.
Chrysler said that it will be getting in touch with customers who are affected by the recall and undertake the repairs for free. Last month, Chrysler posted a sudden drop in quarterly profits because of an aggressive new-vehicle launch schedule. However, it insists that it is on course to meet its business targets, predicting that it will post strong results in the second half of 2013.