FCA will recall the Renegade and Cherokee due to a faulty wiring harness and software, which could cause the car to stall. An FCA spokesman cited “an insufficient crimp in a wire harness” as the culprit.
The manufacturer has issued the recall as a precautionary measure, and claims that it is unaware of any accidents or incidents that have been caused as a result of the fault.
The UK has relatively small ownership of the affected cars compared with the US, in which a big number of cars will be recalled for the same problem. Of the total number of cars being recalled globally, only 43,927 are from outside the NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) region. A total of 1418 UK cars will be recalled - 1389 Cherokees and 29 Renegades.
Affected cars are subject to a voluntary recall rather than a mandatory one, but it’s advisable that owners go through with the action.
The recall only affects cars built between 5 November 2012 and 23 September 2014. It’s not known when the recall is likely to take place, or how long FCA will need to keep owners’ cars to carry out the maintenance.
FCA was unable to give figures for the above at the time of writing, but assured Autocar that these will be provided in due course.