Jeep Recalling Over 206,000 Cherokee SUVs to Prevent Wiper Failure
Static Buildup Can Accumulate if Wipers Are Used on Dry Windshield
Announced today, Jeep will be recalling more than 206,000 Cherokee compact SUVs to prevent wiper failure. Apparently, when the SUV’s windshield wipers are activated during dry conditions, static buildup can potentially affect one of the control modules that power the windshield wipers.
The company found the problem after a pattern of warranty repairs, which led Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) investigators to find the vulnerable control module. A simple ground strap attached to the control module is enough to eliminate static buildup, safeguarding the unit.
While we applaud FCA’s diligence in fixing its vehicles’ flaws, we have to wonder what caused the problem to come out in the first place, since the circumstances surrounding the Cherokee recall depend on the windshield wipers being used in dry conditions. How frequently they’re unnecessarily used is the question: If the static buildup can occur in the last few wiper strokes at the end of a rainstorm, then it makes sense to issue a recall. However, if the static buildup comes from drivers running their windshield wipers in the dry for an extended period of time, the core of this recall’s problem actually exists between the seat and steering wheel, rather than in an FCA design flaw.
Source: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles