Jeep Cherokee Rollaway Risk Leads to NHTSA Recall

Jeep Cherokee Safety Recall for Rollaway Risk

A safety recall has recently been issued by Chrysler (FCA US LLC) for 67,248 Jeep Cherokee SUVs for an increased risk of an injury or crash from unintended vehicle rollaway.  The safety concern was found in vehicles equipped with a two-speed Power Transfer Unit (PTU). Movement in the PTU between the transmission output shaft and the differential input splines may cause wear on some input spline teeth. This may later cause a loss of engagement between the differential inside the PTU and the transmission. When this happens, power will not be transferred between the transmission and the front wheels, resulting in a loss of parking function while stationary and a loss of drive while the car is being driven.

Owners will be notified by FCA US LLC if their vehicle is affected by the FCA recall number W47. Dealers will perform a remedy for affected cars at no charge to owners. This will include a software update that will maintain vehicle propulsion and engage rear wheel drive. The remedy will help prevent a rollaway in park by rendering an activation of the electronic parking brake in the event of a failed input spline. This FCA safety recall is expected to start July 31, 2020.

Which Jeep Cherokee Vehicles are Affected by the Safety Recall?

The following Jeep Cherokee SUVs are affected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 20V343000:

  • 2014 to 2017 Jeep Cherokee vehicles produced between April 14, 2014 to October 10, 2016

What is an Auto Products Liability Lawsuit?

Automotive products liability lawsuits deal with an entity that is liable when a safety defect in a car, car part, or equipment causes a car accident or injury. Most vehicle defects fall into one of three categories: design defects, faulty manufacturing, or improper warnings.

  • Defects in the design process are problems with the overall design of a vehicle and any of its components. The safety concern stems from the way the car and its parts are designed.
  • Warning defects are those involving a hidden hazard due to improper labeling of safety warnings. Not all parts of a car are made to be both completely safe and work correctly, so automakers are required to follow federal guidelines on inserting warning labels in appropriate areas so vehicle occupants are aware of what possible dangers they may face.
  • Defects in the manufacturing process have to deal with how any part of a car has been physically constructed. Vehicle parts are expected to be designed and manufactured in accordance with federal safety guidelines. However, they may be sometimes assembled or fabricated in a way that poses a particular hazard to the occupants inside the vehicle. This is often attributed to cost-cutting measures automakers use to limit their bottom line. Defects in vehicle manufacturing are especially dangerous because they are not often found by experienced mechanics and often detected after a motor vehicle collision has already happened.

What Can be Recovered in a Products Liability Case?

While no amount of money can undo the harm that has been brought upon you, filing an auto products liability lawsuit can help you claim the financial compensation you need to recover from your injuries and losses incurred. This generally consists of economic damages and non-economic damages. These include past and future medical care and expenses, lost wages, lost future earning potential, loss of household services provided for the family, mental anguish, lost enjoyment of life, and pain and suffering. Punitive damages may also be sought from a negligent automaker for their egregious behavior and to deter similar behavior from the company and others in the future. For more information on recovering damages in an injury case, watch the video below:

How an Auto Products Liability Attorney Can Help

Although significant improvements have been made in the car industry over recent years, that is not always the case for all vehicles manufactured in the United States. At, our Sacramento auto accident lawyers understand the many dangers drivers face every day and how car crashes caused by defective vehicle parts and equipment can change a person’s life. It is our belief as injury lawyers that automakers of these dangerous vehicle should be held financially accountable and brought to justice. We enlist the services of experts to help prove that the vehicle in question was negligently manufactured or designed. While these cases are often challenging to handle, we help simplify the process for you and present your case it in a way that helps resonate with a judge or jury. If you have suffered injury or damages caused by a suspected defective vehicle accident, call our personal injury law firm to set up a free case evaluation.

Personal Injury Lawyer in Sacramento

I’m Ed Smith, a lawyer for personal injury. When most drivers think of motor vehicle collisions, they picture an accident between two more cars caused by a negligent motorist. But not all car crashes are caused by negligence behind the wheel. If you have suffered an injury or lost a loved one after an accident caused by what you believe to be a defective vehicle, do not face an automaker on your own. Call our personal injury law firm at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400 for free, friendly advice on how to start your auto products liability case on the right path to recovery.

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