The recalls just keep coming, and not just for General Motors. Almost all the automakers—particularly the Detroit Three—seem especially sensitive to any inference of safety issues and are trying to stay proactive and ahead of the curve when it comes to addressing potential problems. Chrysler is issuing two recalls: a smaller one affecting the shock and strut mounts on some 2014 Ram 1500 trucks, and 2015 Jeep Cherokees for shock absorbers that may break free from their mounts. The company has identified a production window of 16 days ending June 6, 2014, for the affected vehicles. Approximately 21,000 vehicles total are affected, with 14,300 of them being in the U.S.
The second, larger recall involves the 2005-2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and the 2006-2007 Jeep Commander SUV models. On these models, contact with the ignition key, usually by the driver’s knee, can cause the engine to stall, which results in reduced braking power and steering assist and potentially affects proper function of the front airbags. As many as 792,300 vehicles could be affected by this recall, with 649,000 in the U.S. and 28,800 in Canada. The Commander went out of production in 2010, and the Grand Cherokee was redesigned for the 2011 model year.