Chrysler Issues Multiple Recalls

Chrysler Group LLC is recalling about 31,000 vehicles in two new recall campaigns — calling back full-size vans for electrical problems and SUVs for software issues.

The recall includes 21,000 2014 Ram ProMaster full-size vans to inspect and replace, if needed, electrical components that support propulsion, airbag deployment and external lighting.

Warranty data identified a small number of cases in which blown fuses were linked to exposure to moisture. Chrysler said moisture brought into the vehicle via wet footwear or other means seeped into an in-cabin compartment that houses the battery and other components.

Electrical components will be inspected for signs of corrosion. Moisture-resistant sealant will be applied to all components, whether replaced or not. The recall covers 17,700 vans in the U.S., 2,400 are in Canada and 900 are in Mexico.

In another recall, Chrysler is recalling 10,700 SUVs to upgrade software that governs their cruise-control systems. The recall covers 2014 Dodge Durangos and Jeep Cherokees, Grand Cherokees and high-performance Grand Cherokee SRTs assembled between Jan. 16 and April 17.

A routine internal audit showed when cruise control is engaged, an acceleration initiated by the driver may be extended by about one second after the accelerator pedal is released. Vehicle speed then returns to the desired setting.

Chrysler said in high-performance vehicles subject to the recall, the event may last up to two seconds before deceleration begins. But in all cases, Chrysler noted that brake application will still cancel cruise control.

Owners who are concerned can choose not to activate their cruise-control systems until dealers make the fix. Other features, such as Forward Collision Warning, are unaffected because they function independently, Chrysler said.
About 6,100 of the SUVs are in the U.S., 950 were Canada, 425 were in Mexico and 3,200 are outside North America.

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