The problem could be life-threatening.
Jeep, like most other major car manufacturers, has been facing production problems and supply issues. It's also had to deal with a smelly factory in Detroit, but Jeep now faces a more serious problem: it has to recall nearly 100,000 vehicles. Jeep is recalling 99,255 Grand Cherokee L, Wagoneer, and Grand Wagoneer models due to malfunctioning software that can disable passenger airbags. The NHTSA posted the recall on its website on the 10th of November. This follows the news that the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L would also be recalled for an issue with its high beam settings. That recall affected 7,082 models.
The latest recall could be a serious one, especially in the case of a life-threatening accident, but the NHTSA has not reported any deaths or injuries related to this issue as yet. On its website, the NHTSA said: "Chrysler (FCA US, LLC) is recalling certain 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L, 2022 Jeep Wagoneer, and Grand Wagoneer vehicles. The Occupant Restraint Controller (ORC) may have incorrect software which can disable the driver, passenger, and knee airbags without warning." The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L, and 2022 Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will all be recalled due to this issue. Affected owners will not be charged for the replacement parts or labor.
Jeep had been enjoying a nice recall-free period. We last reported on a major Jeep recall in March of 2019 when Dodge and Jeep were forced to recall close to a million vehicles that had failed emissions tests. In 2018, the company was involved in a 150,000 car recall due to dodgy brake systems, and nearly 5,000 Cherokee SRTs and Trakhawks also had to be recalled that year for intrusive floor mats. Affected owners can expect to receive a notification letter from Jeep by 30 December 2021. Owners may contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), visit the NHTSA website at www.nhtsa.gov, or contact the Stellantis customer service at 1-800-853-1403.