NHTSA Investigating 1.3M Jeep Cherokees Over Parking Brake Issue

Much more than 1.3 million Jeep Cherokee SUVs are the matter of a new Nationwide Highway Visitors Security Administration investigation, according to a submitting released past week. NHTSA has gained 80 complaints from clients concerning digital parking brakes that can activate when the Jeep is in movement.

In its official report (PDF), NHTSA explained water damage is to blame for these digital parking brake issues. “It seems the EPB module is damaged by drinking water leaking into the auto,” NHTSA claimed. “When the EPB inadvertently activates, it results in a stalling issue bringing the vehicle to a prevent.”

Apparently, NHTSA reported a preceding remember was issued for this exact same team of Jeep Cherokees thanks to water leaks impacting the electricity liftgate. “The liftgate module can probably catch hearth as a final result of the drinking water injury,” NHTSA mentioned. “The two the liftgate and EPB modules are located in a comparable space of the vehicle.”

Even though not however an formal recall, NHTSA mentioned this investigation is developed to “assess the scope, frequency and safety-associated outcomes of the alleged defect.” Should really NHTSA make a decision a remember is warranted, it will situation a different report.

“We are cooperating with the company, in accordance with our common practice,” a Stellantis (Jeep’s mum or dad enterprise) spokesperson explained in a assertion.