Chrysler Recalls 142,000 2014 Vehicles

DETROIT (WWJ) – A software problem is prompting a recall at Chrysler.

The company is recalling 11,000 Ram pickup trucks and 132,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs after engineers noticed that instrument panels on brand new vehicles would illuminate and then go dark randomly.

Because the module that controls the panel displays also controls safety equipment including anti-lock brakes and stability controls, the vehicles are being recalled to be reprogrammed.

Chrysler says there have been no reports of accidents or injuries as a result of these issues.

All of the vehicles included in the recall are 2014 models. Most of the Cherokees (91,559) were sold in the U.S.; 6,050 are in Canada; 2,662 in Mexico; and 32,212 outside North America. A majority of the Rams 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups haven’t yet left dealerships.

Chrysler will begin mailing instructions to vehicle owners next month. Concerned customers can contact the automaker at 1-800-853-1403.

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