Chrysler issued several recalls, the two biggest ones dealing with the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and the other with 2013 Ram 1500 4x4 models. In non-SRT 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee models, an electrical spike when switching between daytime running light and parking light mode may cause the parking lights to extinguish. On 2013 Ram 1500 4x4 models, the electronic stability control system may be disabled when the vehicle starts, due to a software issue.
A total of 4458 Grand Cherokee models equipped with the premium headlight option are affected, and 45,961 Ram 1500 4x4 trucks are affected by the recalls. In addition, a smaller number of 2013 Ram 1500 and 5500 models are being recalled for a improper track bar bolt. The bolt may break or fall out, resulting in the vehicle pulling to one side. A total of 1058 trucks are affected.
Chrysler will repair all affected vehicles at no charge. Concerned owners can contact Chrysler at 800-247-9753, or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236. All the recall campaigns officially begin in August, and affected owners will be notified by mail.
Although the 2013 Ram has had several recalls issued to date, the brand has seen notable gains in its JD Power rankings, and was recently named a "recommended" model by Consumer Reports.