Jeep Issues Two New Recalls, Will Fix over 400,000 Cars

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Jeep issued two separate recall statements on December 24, 2015. The American brand will check and repair over 400,000 cars for free to prevent several potential issues.
The biggest recall Jeep announced before Christmas targets “an estimated” 353,831 SUVs in the United States of America. That rather specific “estimated” number of cars will come to Jeep service units to ensure that the vanity mirror wiring is properly serviced. This issue was detected during a related recall, conducted previously, in which it was discovered that an incorrect following of an FCA service procedure could make those cars vulnerable to a short-circuit and create a potential fire hazard.

FCA claims it’s unaware of any accidents or injuries related to this potential issue. Furthermore, the vehicles affected were manufactured before Sept 2, 2012, and the condition only affects less than 0.02 % of all the vehicles being recalled.

Basically, Jeep wants to make sure over 350,000 Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs produced before September 2, 2012, have a proper wiring harness for their vanity mirrors. In case you’re unfamiliar with the term, we’re speaking of the little mirrors embedded in the sun visors that feature lights that turn on when the mirror’s caps are lifted. The potential issue will be fixed by applying a new adhesive to the headliners of those particular cars.

The second recall issued by Jeep on December 24, 2015, targets an estimated 60,107 cars sold in the USA. In this case, we’re speaking of MY 2015 Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot SUVs. Those particular cars need an inspection and a potential repositioning (if necessary) of a special clamp that secures the low-pressure return hose of the power steering system.

An internal FCA investigation revealed that clamps in some vehicles may be out of position. Those particular cars were made in a specific five-month period of this year and may suffer a rapid loss of power steering fluid. If this fluid leaks onto a hot surface, such as an exhaust gallery, a really hot engine block or even a tranny, the situation may also pose a potential fire hazard.

However, the FCA is unaware of any accidents or related injuries. Apparently, the issue predominantly affects vehicles with very low mileage (they’re MY 2015, after all) and steering control is not lost if this happens. But once the specific fluid used in the power-steering system is gone and the system's pressure is lost, the “power” part of the steering system also leaves, and the user is left with good old elbow grease to operate the car’s steering.

From our own experience, we can tell that this makes parking difficult, but driving is still possible.
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Sebastian's love for cars began at a young age. Little did he know that a career would emerge from this passion (and that it would not, sadly, involve being a professional racecar driver). In over fourteen years, he got behind the wheel of several hundred vehicles and in the offices of the most important car publications in his homeland.
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