Problems With the Jeep Grand Cherokeeby Justan Brandt
The Jeep Grand Cherokee was introduced in 1992 and was the first vehicle in its class to offer a V-8 in 1993. The Jeep Grand Cherokee was redesigned in 1999, 2005 and 2011. Like any other mechanical vehicle, the Jeep Grand Cherokee can be prone to problems, many of which resulted in recalls.
The 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee was recalled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) under Campaign ID 98V276000 for the rear outboard seat belt retractor. The spring can malfunction and prevent the seat belt from securing snugly around a passenger. Jeep Grand Cherokees from 1999 and 2000 were also recalled under NHTSA Campaign ID 00V034000. The top mounting bolt of the adjustable turning loop, that adjusts the height of the seat belt, was defective.
The steering gear in the 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee was recalled under NHTSA Campaign ID 99V312000. Some internal components were improperly heat-treated during the manufacturing process; this defect could result in sticking or seizing steering gears.
Front Passenger Airbag
The front passenger airbag was recalled in the 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee because the inflator assembly contained the wrong charge, increasing the chances of injury to passengers in vehicular accidents. The corresponding NHTSA Campaign ID is 99V343000.
Powertrain Control Module
The 3.7-liter, V-6 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee was recalled because the powertrain control module (PCM) was programmed with the incorrect software. As a result, the Jeep could stall without warning. Owners are encouraged to bring their vehicle into the dealership for the module to be reprogrammed.
Some 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokees were equipped with an ABS electronic control module (ECM) that caused a delay in braking while driving up a hill. There were potentially 296,550 vehicles affected and recalled under DaimlerChrysler Corporation ID 83523.
Chrysler recalled the 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee under NHTSA ID 10V200000 for a faulty wireless ignition node that allowed the key to be removed before the vehicle was shifted into park.
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