Photo of Jeep Grand Cherokee courtesy of FCA.
FCA US is recalling certain Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs in the 2012 to 2014 model years, along with Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger, Chrysler 300 and Dodge Durango vehicles in the 2011 to 2014 model years, because they might stall, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.
The recall affects 442,214 vehicles. These vehicles have electro-hydraulic power steering and are equipped with a 5.7L or 3.6L engine and a 160-, 180- or 220-amp alternator. The stalling problem stems from a faulty alternator, according to NHTSA.
“If the alternator fails, the vehicle may stall without warning, increasing the risk of a crash,” the federal safety agency warned on its website. “There is also the possibility that the alternator may short circuit, increasing the risk of a fire.”
Fiat Chrysler dealers will inspect the alternator and — depending on the part number — will replace it if needed. There will be no charge for this service.
The recall is expected to begin on Aug. 24. Vehicle owners can reach FCA customer service at (800) 853-1403. The automaker’s number for this recall is T36.