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Fiat Chrysler Australia will recall almost 35,000 Jeep SUVs after two separate recalls were made public this week.

Approximately 28,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Cherokee models will be recalled locally in response to the Chrysler Group’s announcement that it will voluntarily recall 1.5 million Jeeps in the US as part of an agreement with the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Fiat Chrysler Australia says the local recall affects Jeep Grand Cherokees built between 1993 and 2004 and Cherokees built between 2002 and 2007, while the US recall covers Grand Cherokees from 1993-1998 and Jeep Libertys (badged locally as the Jeep Cherokee) from 2002-2007.

The NHTSA originally requested the recall of 2.7 million Jeeps with safety concerns over the vehicles’ fuel systems.

Jeep Patriot

The US government body said in its official recall request letter to Chrysler that it viewed “a performance defect and a design defect” related to the vehicles’ fuel tanks that presented an “unreasonable risk” of fuel leaks and fire if the specific vehicles were struck from the rear.

Independently, 4064 Jeep Patriot and 2730 Compass models built between 2010 and 2012 have also been recalled due to a fault with the vehicles’ Occupant Restraint Control Module (ORC) software.

According to the official recall notice on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) product safety recalls website, the ORC software error “could result in non-deployment of the seatbelt pretensioner and/or side airbag curtains during low-speed roll-over events and increase the risk of injury to occupants”.

2011 Jeep Compass

Fiat Chrysler Group’s director of corporate affairs, Karla Leach, told CarAdvice that a reprogramming of the ORC module would rectify the problem, with the software update to take approximately one-hour at no cost to owners.

Leach said that while there have been no reports of any incidents related to the fault in Australia, a number of events in the US sparked the global recall that has seen 254,400 SUVs recalled in the US and approximately 45,400 in Canada.

Early this month, 333 Compass and Patriot models were also recalled in Australia due to a defective fuel tank transfer tube that risked vehicles stalling.


  • Zaccy16

    so as many jeeps get recalled as VW’s and its not headline news on fairfax and other media outlets that they are more delayed to issue a recall then VW AND have a risk of catching fire?

    • Andy Whitby

      Its because VW have known about the issue, tried to cover it up and two people have died as a result of the mechanical failures of VW.

      • Golfschwein

        Died as a result? You’d be the only person in the country who knows this for sure.

        • Andy Whitby

          … and everybody else watching 7News when they reported the recall and a young lady who died as a result of her Golf stalling and bring rear ended by a truck. They also reported a similar story.

          • Golfschwein

            Sure. Who needs the coroner’s report?

          • Andy Whitby

            Not us, we are not entitled to it. I am just saying what I believe to be true, as reported by the news. Perhaps you should show me evidence to the contrary? Because I don’t think 7 West Media would go around slandering or defaming the VW Group.

          • Golfschwein

            I’m saying that, amidst the tragedy and hysteria and all, nobody knows what happened that day. Nobody. Not yet. Plenty think they know and have drawn their own conclusions, which they have a right to. Usually, it’s the conclusion they want to believe. If it’s a car fault, VW have as much to answer for as Ford had with their Pinto and Explorer debacles. Did the driver make an error? Not impossible. There are millions of graves containing people who made mistakes. I could have been one of them, twenty times over.

            The coroner’s findings will be released in July. Let’s assume the truth lies in that.

    • Adam

      This is part of an ongoing investigation by the NHTSA and Chrysler have now been instructed to issue a recall, pretty simple really. VW on the other hand deny faults until they’re lambasted in the media (which they ignored) and now they’re getting bad press they’ll apparently do anything to help the customer. It is obvious they’re in damage control. My favourite quote of the week in relation to VW came from a university professor in Melbourne: “we will certainly use VW as a case study in how NOT to conduct business and PR” LOL!

      • Hanson_pete

        This issue hase been going on for many years with the NHTSA being asked to investigate this in 2009. The NHTSA asked for a recall after their investigation and Chrysler initially rejected it. They have since back flipped and issue a recall after further pressure. The NHSTA report beleives 51 deaths were caused due to this issue and the Center for Auto Safety beleive their data shows 285 deaths Pretty serious and poor form for taking so long to sort this out especially with the loss of peoples lives.

  • Nick

    You bought a Jeep ! You did what!

    • marc

      “Yes Michael, I bought a Jeep. And now it’s going to take the contagious to fix”