Recall Alert: 2014 Grand Cherokee and 2014 Ram Pickups

By Keith Buglewicz | October 02, 2013
The Chrysler Group issued two recalls today for two separate instrument light problems. First up is about 132,000 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee models. According to Chrysler, owners have reported random warning lights and instrument cluster blackouts. Chrysler says that the problem disappears when the vehicle is restarted. However, it has also traced it to the same control module that controls the anti-lock braking system and stability control. While no problems have been reported with those systems, Chrysler is obviously taking no chances. It will replace the instrument cluster and the ABS control module at no cost to owners, with notices going out next month. The company estimates that the vast majority of affected vehicles--91,559--are in the U.S., with the rest in Canada, Mexico and elsewhere.
Separately, Chrysler Group will be recalling about 10,800 2014 Ram pickup trucks for an unrelated instrument cluster lighting problem. Again, the instrument cluster lighting may work intermittently, although this time engineers have traced the problem to the software that controls the cluster lighting. Only mid-level models are affected, although the recall extends to 1500, 2500 and 3500 Ram pickup models. Most of the vehicles are still at dealer lots, which should make the recall fairly simple retail customers will still receive notices starting next month.
Chrysler reports no accidents or injuries have occurred because of the instrument cluster problems, and is quick to note that federal regulations demand that the displays be clearly visible at all times. If you own one of the affected vehicles, call Chrysler's hotline at (800) 853-1403, and have your VIN ready. Source: Chrysler