2014, 2015 Jeep Cherokee Recalled for Airbag Software
“Extreme Maneuvers” Could Trigger Inadvertent Deployment
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles U.S. (FCA US) is recalling a total of 228,181 2014 and 2015 Jeep Cherokee SUVs to reprogram the parameters of the airbag system software. In a small number of instances, the side-curtain and seat-mounted side airbags inadvertently deployed when drivers were executing “extreme” maneuvers, which triggered the system to deploy, sensing an impending rollover. FCA says it’s unaware of any injuries or accidents associated with inadvertent deployments.
Dealers will recalibrate the system software for affected models, changing the deployment parameters for the airbag system. The recall covers 2014 and 2015 Cherokees. Of the models affected, 168,092 are in the U.S., 19,557 in Canada, 4,133 in Mexico, and 36,399 outside the NAFTA region.
Especially in Trailhawk trim, the new Cherokee is capable of a much higher level of off-road driving than comparable crossovers in its class. This capability has probably emboldened some owners to take their vehicles on challenging trails, possibly more challenging than anticipated by the product planners. FCA claims the reprogrammed software will increase the threshold for deploying the airbags while remaining compliant with all current applicable safety regulations. Owners can call the FCA customer hotline at 800-853-1403 or the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236.
Source: FCA US