The ongoing General Motors recall situation has put all automakers on high alert for potential safety issues, and we've noticed many more—and more frequent recall notices from all carmakers. The latest to be reported is from Chrysler. This morning, the company announced two recalls, one involving the cruise control system on its SUV models, and another with the electrical system on the new Ram ProMaster vans.
The issue for certain 2014 Jeep Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, and Dodge Durango SUVs is that the vehicle may continue to accelerate for up to 2 seconds after the throttle is released if the cruise control is turned on. The problem was discovered in a routine quality audit, and no major injuries or crashes have been reported in connection with the issue. Chrysler is recommending affected owners not use cruise control until the issues has been fixed.
On some Ram ProMaster vans, blown fuses exposed to moisture could affect the function of the airbag system, lighting, or throttle. Warranty data indicates moisture introduced into the cabin from wet footwear could seep into an in-floor compartment that houses the battery and other electrical components.
A total of 10,700 SUVs are affected, 6,100 in the U.S. Approximately half are in dealer inventory or in-transit. Approximately 21,000 ProMaster vans are affected, 17,700 of them in the U.S. Most are in dealer inventory or in-transit. Affected or concerned owners can call Chrysler at 800-853-1403, or NHTSA's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236.