Jeep recalls 338,238 Grand Cherokee for loss of control risk

A damaged bolt on certain Jeep Grand Cherokee midsize crossover SUVs and Grand Cherokee L three-row SUVs can cause the front wheel to flop outward, resulting in a loss of steering and drive control, the NHTSA disclosed Monday. 

The bolt that connects the upper control arm can break, causing the joint to separate from the steering knuckle. The pinch bolt in question may have been damaged during assembly, and it sounds like too much torque was applied to the bolt during the manufacturing process. If it breaks, there won’t be a clamp between the joint and the knuckle, and the wheel can tilt outward, which can cause a crash without warning.

Jeep says the driver may notice an abnormal noise when going over bumps. The recall encompasses 338,238 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles, primarily the 2021-2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee L. The 2022-2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee is also included in the recall. This is the 13th recall since the Jeep Grand Cherokee L was introduced for the 2021 model year. 

Jeep identified 18 warranty claims and one field report, though it knew of no known injuries or crashes resulting from the damaged bolt. 

Owners can expect notification by mail as early as April 12, and they’ll be advised to take their Grand Cherokees in to a Stellantis service center for a bolt replacement at no charge. Reimbursement may be provided to owners who have already had the work completed. For more info, contact Jeep customer service at 1-800-853-1403 or visit Jeep’s recall site here


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