30,000 Jeeps Recalled Due to Fire Risk, Possible Loss of Steering
Jeep has announced a pair of recalls affecting two of its most popular SUVs. The number of units in Canada is just over 30,000.
Let’s start with the largest recall, which includes 23,327 Jeep Cherokees from the 2014-16 model years. Water could leak into the power liftgate control module and cause a short circuit, even while the vehicle is parked and turned off.
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As is often the case with short circuits, this one involves a fire risk. Jeep has not yet found a remedy at the time of writing but will contact affected owners when one is ready.
In the meantime, the company says it’s best to park outdoors and away from other vehicles or structures out of precaution. You should also check if any other work needs to be performed, as the Cherokee ranks among the most recalled vehicles in Canada.
Beware Behind the Wheel of the Grand Cherokee
On some of them, the intermediate steering shaft may not have been assembled correctly. As a result, the steering shaft could separate from the universal joint and cause a loss of steering, increasing the risk of a crash.
Owners must take their SUV to a dealership for an inspection. If necessary, the intermediate steering shaft will be replaced.
Speaking of the Grand Cherokee, remember that the 5.7-litre HEMI V8 (357 hp, 390 lb-ft.) is no longer available to order. Only the 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 (293 hp, 257 lb-ft.) and the 4xe plug-in hybrid system (375 hp, 470 lb-ft.) remain. Those who insist on having the V8 must turn to the larger Grand Cherokee L in Overland, Summit or Summit Reserve trim and spend an extra $3,695.