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Cherokee recall: airbag software

by Bill Cawthon on

FCA is recalling an estimated 228,181 “KL” Jeep Cherokees, to upgrade the software that controls deployment of side-curtain and seat-mounted side air bags. The recall covers both model years of the new vehicle.

The action was triggered by a small number of accidental deployments experienced by drivers making extreme maneuvers that dramatically changed the vehicles’ angle of operation, relative to the ground. The air bag system interpreted the maneuvers as possible rollovers and automatically activated FCA  is unaware of any related injuries or accidents.

The software upgrade will recalibrate the threshold for deployment, ensuring the vehicles will remain compliant with all applicable safety regulations. The Company will notify affected customers when software is available.  Customers with additional concerns or questions may call 1-800-853-1403.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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