Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) will recall more than 80,000 Jeep Cherokee vehicles suffering from unexpected engine stalls.
The Auburn Hills, Michigan-based manufacturer notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Oct. 19, 2018 they will recall 86,053 2019 Jeep Cherokee vehicles built between Oct. 1, 2017 and Oct. 15, 2018.
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The affected vehicles are equipped with 2.4L 4 cylinder engines. These vehicles’ transmissions were not properly calibrated to coordinate with these engines, increasing stall risk. Unexpected engine stalls increase crash risk.
FCA engineers began investigating stall reports on Sept. 18, 2018. During their investigation they found a stalling event on Aug. 13, 2018 recorded by an in-vehicle data recorder. The company’s powertrain calibration team was able to identify the stalls’ root causes by examining the recording alongside customer complaint data.
FCA decided to instigate a safety recall on Oct. 12, 2018.
FCA will notify owners and dealers will re-flash the transmission controller with a new calibration for free. The recall will begin Dec. 08, 2018. Owners may contact Jeep customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler’s number for this recall is UA9. Jeep owners can also visit the NHTSA’s website and enter their VIN to see if their vehicle is included in any recalls.
Your vehicle’s manufacturer is legally required to fix any recalled problems for free. If the dealership refuses to fix the part or tries to charge you for the repair, contact the manufacturer immediately. The Highway Safety Act of 1970, which created the NHTSA, requires car manufacturers to pay for the recall and replacement of a defective part.
If the manufacturer fails to repair, replace, repurchase, or provide your recalled vehicle’s loss value, they are violating the warranty and a lawyer may be able to help you. Lemon law attorneys help their clients by dealing directly with the manufacturer on the clients’ behalf, working to promptly resolve the issue and get their clients back on the road. Thanks to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, attorneys can seek their fees directly from the manufacturer, meaning a client can obtain legal counsel without having to pay attorneys’ fees directly out of pocket.
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