By: Nicole Halavi
Jeep has now been a part of Chrysler for more than 100 years and offers a line of vehicles consisting solely of sports utility vehicles, including crossovers and fully off-road models. While Jeeps have consistently been in high demand in the auto market, consumers are now complaining of their various Jeep models exhibiting multiple defects. For instance, users complained of a jerky shifting defect in some Jeep models, and more recently, a rollaway risk in Jeep Cherokees has presented a serious cause for concern. Upon investigation, Jeep has recalled more than 82,000 SUVs to address user complaints regarding the rollaway safety danger.
If you are concerned that your Jeep Cherokee has been exhibiting serious defects, CCA is here to help. Feel free to call our experts today for a free consultation: (833) LEMON-FIRM.
What is the Rollaway Danger in Jeep Cherokee Models?
A vehicle rollaway can be hazardous and can also lead to fatal accidents. A rollaway danger occurs when a car’s parking and brake mechanism is of poor quality or is defected. Without an adequate park and brake system in place, the vehicle is at risk of rolling away and putting the driver in a potentially dangerous position.
The rollaway danger in the Jeep Cherokee is allegedly the result of an issue with the power transfer units (PTUs) as “differential input splines and the transmission output shaft may cause some input spline teeth to wear off, which may eventually cause a loss of engagement between the transmission and the differential inside the PTU.”
Over the past few years, users have filed complaints against Chrysler because of the Cherokee’s faulty brake system. Below are some of the common complaints involving the 2014-2017 models exhibiting brake defects:
“Parking brake has multiple issues. The brake squeaks when engaged and disengaged. When the car is auto started the parking brake no longer comes on.” – driver of a 2017 Jeep Cherokee.
“I was lucky. I was in heavy traffic when the brake pedal kicked back, and I had no power brakes. Crashed into curb, tied up traffic for 2 hours until roadside assistance towed the car away. It took them two weeks to get the part. If this had happened an hour earlier, I would have been off the side of a mountain and dead. This is the second time this SUV has nearly gotten me killed.” – driver of a Jeep Cherokee Limited 2.5L V4.
After receiving many complaints alleging defective park functions and motive power, Chrysler began an investigation to further address the defect. According to Chrysler, there haven’t been any reported fatalities or injuries caused by this defect. However, a Jeep owner claimed that the parking brake defect in his vehicle caused a car crash. As per the manufacturer’s report, more than 67,000 vehicles have been affected in the United States, about 13,000 in Canada and 10,000 outside of North America.
Chrysler has also announced a recall of more than 2,000 replacement PTU parts. As per the reports, the recall was expected to begin on July 31st, 2020.
What Can I Do if I’m Worried about the Rollaway Danger on my Jeep Cherokee Model?
If you have been noticing any of the issues discussed above, CCA is equipped with a set of experienced lawyers that are ready to help resolve your lemon law issues and obtain for you the compensation that you deserve. Best of all, our services come at no cost to you – all of our fees are paid by the automakers.
Contact our experts today for a free consultation at (833) LEMON-FIRM.