FCA has officially announced the expanding of the airbag software update for the Jeep Cherokee and this is bringing the total number of affected Cherokees to a whole new level.
According to the North American based automaker, the Jeep Cherokee recall is now covering 68,593 more units worldwide, from the 2014 and 2015 model year, and this is basically bringing the total number of affected cars to 316,774, out of which 230,240 are found in the United States, 28,110 in Canada, 6,367 in Mexico and 52,057 outside the NAFTA region.
“The campaign will upgrade software that governs side-curtain and seat-mounted side air bags following a small number of inadvertent deployments – most of which occurred in harsh, off-road environments. They were prompted by maneuvers that dramatically changed the vehicles’ angle of operation, relative to the ground, and the air-bag systems – sensing potential rollover conditions – automatically activated”, says FCA in its official press release.
The action is said to be following a routine review of the originally reported vehicle number by FCA US engineers but, happily, there have been no additional incidents and the carmaker is unaware of any related accidents or injuries to this condition. The software upgrade will be recalibrating the threshold for deployment and the cars will be once again compliant with all safety regulations. The car manufacturer will be notifying owners of these affected models as soon as the software will become available. Meanwhile, concerned customers can contact the carmaker at 1 800 853 1403, for additional questions on the topic.