AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Stellantis, operating in this instance as Chrysler, is recalling certain model-year 2018-2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango sport-utility vehicles (SUVs) which might have a defective anti-lock braking system (ABS) component which could allow the vehicle to be shifted out of park without the brake pedal being depressed.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Part 573 Safety Recall Report 22V-426, the 211,934 Grand Cherokee and 58,970 Drurango SUVs(total of 270,904) within the recall population “vehicles may have been built with a hydraulic control unit (“HCU”)/anti-lock brake system (“ABS“) module that falsely reads 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 allow the vehicle to start and shift out of park without the brake pedal being depressed.”
The report describes the safety risk as, “A vehicle that is able to start and shift out of park without depressing the brake pedal can result in unintended vehicle movement which can cause a vehicle crash without prior warning and/or injury to others outside the vehicle.”
Stellantis is not aware of any accidents or injuries coming as a result of the defective unit installation. The remedy is still being finalized.
Franchised dealers and owners are scheduled to begin receiving notification of the recall July 29th.