Jeep Recalling Grand Cherokees for Alternator Problems

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FCA is recalling more than 1.3 million vehicles as part of two campaigns. One covers more than 500,000 vehicles, including 2012-2014 Jeep Grand Cherokees, whose alternators may fail or short-circuit.

FCA is starting up the recall mill again. This time, it’s going to send out notices about more than 1.3 million vehicles, including the WK2 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

One of the recalls affects more than 700,000 2011-2015 Dodge Journeys whose driver-side airbags may go off randomly; 363,480 of them are in the U.S. (The Car Connection has more information about it here.)

The other recall covers 442,214 U.S. vehicles and 123,000 registered outside of the country. That total of more than 500,000 is made up of 2011-2014 Dodge Challengers, Chargers, and Durangos; Chrysler 300s; and 2012-2014 Jeep Grand Cherokees. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “The affected vehicles have electro-hydraulic power steering (EHPS) and are equipped with a 5.7L or a 3.6L engine and a 160, 180 or 220 amp alternator. In the affected vehicles, the alternator may suddenly fail,” causing the vehicles to suddenly stall and, depending on where the stalling occurs, crash. There’s also a chance the alternator could short-circuit and, as a result, start a fire.

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FCA will send out to notices to the owners of the above models. If you happen to be one of them, when you take your vehicle in for its recall service, technicians will check your alternator’s part number. If necessary, they’ll replace it for free.

The recall process should start up August 24. In the meantime, if you have any questions, call Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403 regarding recall number T36. Or you can contact the NHTSA at at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153). Be sure to mention NHTSA Campaign Number 17V435000.

via [National Highway Traffic Safety Administration] and [The Car Connection]

Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum, Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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