Jeep has recalled 90,000 Grand Cherokee and Grand Cherokee L SUVs over a potentially disconnecting steering column. The SUV maker says affected Jeep models manufactured between 2021 and 2023 are equipped with steering columns that may fail, causing loss of steering control.
Affected Jeep Grand Cherokee and Grand Cherokee L models come with faulty steering wheels claimed to have been compromised by a manufacturing error at the plant. The recall affects 2022-2023 Grand Cherokee and 2021-2023 Grand Cherokee L models. The recall campaign affects a total of 89,372 units of Grand Cherokee and Grand Cherokee L models in the US.
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The recall campaign was initiated after the automaker received reports of possible damage to the steering position. The auto company then launched an internal investigation that found 15 warranty claims related to the steering column issue. However, the auto company said it is not aware of any accident, injury or death related to the manufacturing defect. The manufacturer also said that some Jeep SUVs were repaired during the assembly process which was not correct. As Jeep says, this resulted from incorrect installation of their intermediate shafts.
The US auto maker has found in its analysis that improperly fitted intermediate shafts can disconnect from the U-joint, eventually leading to loss of steering control of the vehicle. This may result in a fatal accident. Jeep also says that drivers of affected vehicles can notice the problem by paying attention while driving or by the noise the vehicle makes when turning.
Jeep further said that the voluntary recall of affected vehicles will ensure that suspect cars are inspected and the faulty intermediate shaft is replaced.
First published date: May 28, 2023, 14:04 PM IST
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