Jeep Cherokees sold between 2014 and 2020 could let water inside in a way that could damage electronic modules
The electronic parking brake could apply on its own while the vehicle is moving
A similar recall had been performed in 2015 for the power tailgate module
An investigation into the 2014 to 2020 jeep Cherokee has been launched by the NHTSA following a large number of complaints about problems with the electronic parking brake.
According to the agency, the problem comes from a water leak that can develop around the tailgate or the rear body seams of this generation of the Cherokee.
Since the module that controls the electronic parking brake is located in the area where water pools after entering the cargo compartment, many cases of failure have been reported.
The bigger problem is that when they fail, these modules have a tendency to cause the parking brake to engage while the vehicle is driving, which can result in a loss of control.
As of now, 80 customer complaints have been filed relating to a parking brake that has either engaged while driving or refused to disengage and left the vehicle stranded.
This issue is so widespread that the NHTSA included 1.3 million vehicles in its study and it is possible that all of them will have to be recalled to either fix the water leak or to weatherproof the electronic modules that can be affected by water.
This would not be the first time the Cherokee is recalled because of this water leak, because back in 2015, 100,000 units of the compact SUV had to return to the dealer since the power tailgate module could be damaged by water intrusion.
The module that controls the tailgate is unsurprisingly found next to the parking brake module, so it is subjected to the same water leak.
In that recall, the leak was found to create a risk of fire by corroding the circuit boards of the unit.
The NHTSA has not yet ordered a recall since its investigation is not completed, but it is very likely that Stellantis will have to take measures to correct this problem in the coming months.