No, your Jeep Cherokee is facing safety issues and you may need a lawyer. A class-action lawsuit was filed after a Jeep Cherokee could suddenly stall in traffic, increasing the risk of a rear-end collision.
This Jeep Cherokee Problem Could Be Dangerous
If you have ever experienced brake issues with your Jeep Cherokee model, please contact ClassAction. A lawsuit has been filed for alleged defects in 2014-2022 Jeep Cherokee models.
While the Cherokee is moving, the electronic parking brake may engage, causing it to stall or come to a sudden stop. As a result, the risk of injury and rear-end collisions is greatly increased.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched an investigation following multiple complaints related to this issue. As of July 2022, there have already been 80 reports of electronic parking brakes.
This could be a bigger problem affecting over 1.3 million Cherokee models. However, no reports of injuries or deaths related to this issue have been reported. Also, Stellantis and NHSTA have not yet announced a recall.
Why does my Cherokee have brake issues?
Problems with the electronic parking brake on your Jeep Cherokee may be related to previous issues, including water leaks. Based on driver feedback and repair bills, water leaks can damage parking brakes.
In 2015 there was a recall to address damage to the power liftgate module due to a water leak. The liftgate module can catch fire as a result of water damage. The recall covered approximately 100,000 Cherokee models manufactured between 2014 and 2015.
The electric parking brake module and liftgate module are located in similar locations. Perhaps the last recall fixed the liftgate but didn’t address the cause of the leak.
Jeep has also released a technical service bulletin providing instructions for replacing the electronic parking brake module. This includes corrosion inspection of connector modules when drivers complain of difficulty releasing the brakes.
One complaint was driving the Cherokee at 65 mph on a four lane highway and partially losing power. Also, the brake lights start flashing and won’t accelerate, upshift, or downshift while the dashboard lights are on.
When the mechanic showed the driver the electronic parking brake module, it showed signs of corrosion from a water leak.
What happens if the Cherokee is recalled?
If the Jeep Cherokee is recalled, the owner may be able to replace the electronic parking brake module for free. It is also possible that people who have already paid to fix this issue will be refunded.
However, the investigation is only at the preliminary evaluation stage. It may take months before we know the details. If the lawsuit wins, the driver could be reimbursed for the cost of repairing the vehicle and Jeep could be forced to fix the problem.
Don’t worry about driving your Jeep Cherokee unless you start having acceleration and braking problems. You may notice a problem if the parking brake is difficult to release. No organization currently recommends drivers stop using Cherokee.
Stay tuned for the latest updates as this case develops. In the event of a recall, your Cherokee may need to be brought in for maintenance.