A total of 295,345 Jeep vehicles were recently recalled by Chrysler Group, LLC over defects concerning the transfer case. As reported by The Los Angeles Times, an electrical failure within the vehicles could lead to a “rollaway” accident. An electrical failure within the transfer case can cause the vehicle to unintentionally shift gears to the neutral position. When this occurs, the driver could lose control in the midst of operating the vehicle, or the car could roll away after being parked.
The transfer case is part of the drive systems of some all-wheel drive vehicles, and connects to the transmission which controls the drive shafts and axels.
Vehicles that are affected by the recall are the 2005 through 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2006 through 2010 Jeep Commanders. Currently, Chrysler has received reports of 26 accidents and two injuries.
Owners who want to know more about the recall, under campaign number N23, can call Chrysler at (800) 247-9753. The defect will be dealt with via reprogramming or reflashing the final drive controller managing the transfer case with new software. This will be done at no cost to vehicle owners.
If you have been injured because of a defective motor vehicle, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries and damages from the manufacturer. Through a no-cost consultation with the New Jersey auto defect injury lawyers at Blume Forte, you can better understand if you may have a potentially meritorious claim. Get in touch with our legal team by calling (973) 635-5400 to learn more about your legal rights.