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Chrysler Recalls SUVs for Restraint Control Module

October 14, 2014

Photo of 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee courtesy of Chrysler.
Photo of 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee courtesy of Chrysler.

Chrysler Group announced plans to recall an estimated 184,215 2014 model-year Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs because they might have internal electrical short-circuits that disable supplemental restraint systems.

The electrical issue could disable such systems as air bags and seat belt pretensioners on the mid-size SUVs, Chrysler Group said. To resolve the problem, dealers will replace the occupant restraint control (ORC) module in the recalled vehicles.

Chrysler Group said it is unaware of any injuries or accidents linked to the problem. The component supplier first advised Chrysler of the issue. After company engineers verified the problem, Chrysler opted for the recall.

ORC modules will be replaced in an estimated 126,772 vehicles in the U.S. An estimated 8,106 vehicles are in Canada, and 3,722 are in Mexico. A total of 45,615 of the recalled SUVs are outside the NAFTA region.

“Some model-year 2014 vehicles are affected, others are not,” Chrysler said in a released statement. “All affected customers will be advised by Chrysler Group when they may schedule service, which involves ORC module replacement. In the interim, customers are advised to use their seatbelts, as always. Seat belts comprise a vehicle’s primary restraint system.” Vehicle owners can reach Chrysler Group’s customer information center at 1-800-853-1403.

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