Jeep Cherokee recalled

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The recently-launched Jeep Cherokee compact SUV this week received its first company recall, over a potential issue with a batch of Hitachi rear shock absorbers.

Fiat Chrysler Australia posted the recall notice to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission website yesterday, citing an issue with the Hitachi shocks that could break at one of the attachment points.

“A partially detached rear suspension shock absorber could cause damage to other rear chassis or suspension components. This can cause an accident without warning and poses a safety hazard to the driver and other road users,” the note said.

The national recall affects all KL (current-generation) Cherokees built between May 21 and June 6, 2014. CarAdvice has contacted Jeep to determine the precise number of vehicles affected, and if any instances of shock failure have been recorded by owners.

Fiat Chrysler Australia will contact affected owners to arrange a vehicle inspection, and will replace the shocks if necessary.

It marks the first Australian recall for the new Cherokee, launched in June this year. However, its current-generation Grand Cherokee big brother has been recalled on four occasions in 2014.

Click here to see how the Cherokee fared in our 10-car compact SUV comparison test.

UPDATE: Fiat Chrysler Group Australia director of corporate communications Karla Leach told CarAdvice this afternoon that 315 cars were affected in total, though only 46 had actually been delivered to buyers. The rest remain on inventory and in dealer stocks and will be repaired along with the rest.