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SUV software update/recall

by David Zatz on

FCA US is expanding its recall of 2014-15 Jeep Cherokees to upgrade the air-bag software, adding 88,593 vehicles to the worldwide list, according to a release issued today.

2014 Jeep Cherokee

While there have been no additional incidents, related injuries, or accidents related to the recall or the expansion, the company took the step after a routine review.  The issue is uncalled-for side airbag deployment, usually in off-road use, “prompted by maneuvers that dramatically changed the vehicles’ angle of operation, relative to the ground, and the air-bag systems – sensing potential rollover conditions – automatically activated.”

The software changes the deployment threshold while keeping it within legal boundaries.  The current estimate is that 230,240 Jeep Cherokees in the U.s. will need to be updated with new software, along with 28,110 in Canada; 6,367 in Mexico, and 52,057 elsewhere. Customers will be notified when software is available.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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