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by Tim Beissmann

More than 400 Jeep Grand Cherokees have been recalled in Australia over an issue with the SUV’s adaptive cruise control that can cause it to accelerate unintentionally to “very high speeds”.

The recall affects 423 model year 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Grand Cherokee SRT models in Australia. Globally, it impacts approximately 10,700 Cherokee, Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs produced between January 16 and April 17 of this year, including more than 6000 in the US.

The official recall notice published on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) website explains:

“After the adaptive cruise control has been overridden the vehicle may experience unintended and continued acceleration.

“If the defect occurs, it may result in very high speeds and make it difficult to stop of slow the vehicle. This poses an accident hazard to other road users.”

Fiat Chrysler Australia corporate affairs director Karla Leach confirmed there have been no reported incidents or injuries relating to the issue from local customers.

The company will notify affected owners by mail, instructing them to take their vehicle to a Jeep dealership to receive a software update, which will be conducted free of charge and take approximately one hour to complete.




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