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2019 Cherokees recalled for airbag issue

by David Zatz on

Around 50,000 2019 Jeep Cherokees are being recalled because sensors may not work quite right; in some crashes the airbags may not deploy when they’re supposed to, as a result.

The recall is Chrysler #V63 and NHTSA#19V-449. Of the affected Cherokees, 41,169 were sold in the United States; all affected vehicles were made between July 28, 2018 and September 20, 2018. The recall is expected to begin in early August, and involves swapping out the bad sensors at no cost to the owner.  Some dealers may provide free coffee, too.

What exactly went wrong, you may ask? A bad solder connection on the circuit board (supplied by ZF) could result in lack of communication between the acceleration sensors and the relevant car computer. The vehicle group was chosen based on supplier manufacturing data and warranty part returns.

The investigation opened on April 10; by the end of May, the company found 461 warranty field reports, with no related crashes or injuries. FCA had already replaced 851 of the sensors.

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