Approximately 270,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs are under recall due to a defect that could cause the vehicles to roll away.
CarAndDriver.com reports that the defect affects model years 2018 to 2019 and could cause the vehicles to “start, shift out of park, and move without the brake pedal being depressed.”
#Recall Alert: Owners of 2018 and 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs will need to get an important recall fix, because it might be possible for their vehicles to start and shift out of Park even when the brake pedal isn’t applied. https://t.co/HQFWFUjXoU— Consumer Reports Advocacy (@CRAdvocacy) June 21, 2022
Though the manufacturer does not seem to know the exact cause of the defect, in the paperwork filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Stellantis indicates that it suspects that a hydraulic control unit may be to blame.
Apparently, faulty hydraulic control modules can "falsely read pressure in the primary circuit," resulting in the brake lights coming on, the vehicle shifting out of park and starting.
The recall includes 211,934 Grand Cherokee and 58,970 Dodge Durango SUVs.
The report says that there have been no reported crashes or injuries related to the defect.