For years, the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 have been two of the most sought-after vehicles for fans of off-roading. Part of the reason so many drivers are drawn to these vehicles - other than their rugged frames and exemplary features, of course - is because of their reliability.
That reputation has come under fire due to a recent recall issued by Chrysler. The automaker was forced to recall more than 140,000 SUVs because of an electrical glitch that wreaks havoc on the instrument display. After testing, it was determined that the issue was caused by faulty software that is tied to the anti-lock brake system, and while it can be fixed relatively easily in the short-term, there could be other problems in the long-term that need to be checked out. The error may also affect electronic stability control systems, which could have a far-reaching impact on those who plan to partake in off-road driving.
"Chrysler Group quality-control personnel observed reports of random warning-light illumination and instrument-cluster blackout," Chrysler said in a statement. "Both events occur infrequently and appear to resolve themselves by turning the vehicle's ignition off and then on. However, regulatory compliance requires that clusters display complete information that is clearly legible."
Most of the recalled vehicles were 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokees, which comprised approximately 132,000 of the units around the world. It also issued notices for more than 10,000 2014 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 model trucks.
According to The Detroit News, Chrysler is not aware of any injuries or accidents that occurred as a result of this problem. The recall will start taking place over the course of the next month, and drivers of these vehicles can start preparing for repairs and updates that will improve performance.