About 56,000 Jeep Cherokee SUVs with a water leak have been recalled by Fiat Chrysler. The Jeep recall was initiated after reports that the leak could cause an electrical short in the vehicle’s power tailgates.
The Jeep recall encompasses all of the Cherokees worldwide from both the 2015 and 2016 model years. The vehicle’s tailgate control module is susceptible to water damage due to the leak, which could cause the Jeep to unexpectedly catch fire. Fortunately, no fires or injuries have been reported prior to the Jeep recall, although Fiat Chrysler did receive two customer complaints.
The recalled Jeep Cherokees were manufactured from Feb. 18 through Sept. 10 of this year. In order to remedy problems associated with the vehicles, Fiat Chrysler has announced it will inspect the Cherokee’s tailgate control module and ensure there are no leaks. If the vehicle does have a leak and damaged parts, the automaker will replace them, as well as add a stronger water shield to prevent future leaks.
Fiat Chrysler is now in the process of creating a recall schedule and will notify affected Jeep Cherokee owners in due time. Until then, vehicle owners are asked to check the tailgates are not defective and keep them dry until an inspection and/or repair has taken place.
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been reviewing Fiat Chrysler’s conduct recently after discovering the automaker failed to properly report safety problems in its vehicles. NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind announced in September that the agency was prepared to “take appropriate action after gathering additional information on the scope and causes of this failure.”