The famed SUV manufacturer recently slammed on the brakes after discovering that some Grand Cherokees coming off the production line have faulty electronics. While a full recall is not deemed necessary, the issue is that the electric key fob does not work on some new and even brand-new vehicles.
According to reports, the SUV’s faulty electronics immobilize the vehicle, meaning it will not start. Initial investigations indicate that the computer thinks someone is trying to steal or break into the vehicle. Apparently, the vehicle’s Radio Frequency Hub Module (RFHM) causes intermittent errors between the fobs and the SUV.
A spokesperson for Jeep’s parent company Stellantis confirmed the issue and that the manufacturer is expediting parts to dealerships to fix the faulty vehicles in inventory. It will also make the parts available for defective vehicles that have already left the lot.
Missing weld for child seat anchors
Stellantis recently announced a recall of 2021 and 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L, which are missing a weld in the seatback frame that anchors the seat’s tether. This flaw violates the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 225 regarding child restraint anchorage systems. The affected models are the seven-passenger 60/40 split-bench and the six-passenger with bucket seats built between October 13, 2021, and February 2, 2022. This flaw means the child seat will not remain secured during a crash, which could increase the risk of injury to the young child and others in the vehicle. The dealer will need to replace the second-row seatback frame. Letters to owners of Grand Cherokee with this flaw went out May 13, 2022.