Chrysler recalls about 469,000 Jeeps worldwide due to gearshift problem

May 13, 2013
Recall covers certain Jeep Grand Cherokees and Jeep Commanders.

Chrysler is recalling about 469,000 Jeeps worldwide, including 295,345 units in the U.S., due to a gearshift problem. A transfer case electrical failure may result in an unintentional shifting of the transfer case into the neutral position.

Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2005 to 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured Feb. 11, 2004, through March 9, 2010; and 2006 to 2010 Jeep Commander vehicles manufactured Jan. 31, 2005, through March 10, 2010, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration posted on its website.

If the vehicle shifts into neutral, it may roll away increasing the risk of a crash or personal injury.

Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will reflash the final drive controller which governs the transfer case, with new software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in June 2013.

Separately, Chrysler Group is recalling certain model year 2008 to 2012 Jeep Wrangler right-hand drive vehicles manufactured Feb. 1, 2007, through Oct. 10, 2011. The affected vehicles have airbag clockspring assemblies that could experience broken airbag circuits. The potential number of affected vehicles is 5,440.

In the event of a crash necessitating airbag deployment, a broken electrical circuit in the airbag clockspring wiring assembly can lead to non-deployment of the driver-side frontal airbag and will not be able to properly protect the driver, increasing the risk of injuries.

Chrysler said it will notify owners, and dealers will replace the clockspring and add a steering wheel dust shield, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 2013.

In addition, Chrysler Group is recalling certain model year 2013 RAM 1500 trucks manufactured manufactured June 25, 2012, through December 12, 2012. In the affected vehicles, the coolant bypass valve may stick in a position that does not allow coolant to flow into the heater core. The potential number of affected vehicles is 498.

Without a properly working windshield defrosting system, a buildup of mositure or ice could limit the driver's ability to see, increasing the risk of a crash.

Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace replace the suspect coolant valves along with an updated calibration, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in June 2013.

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