Stellantis is recalling more than 270,000 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs to address an issue with their anti-lock braking modules that allow them to start and move out of parking spaces without applying the brakes, causing potential side effects overturn risk.
2018-2019 models are equipped with a potentially defective ABS module with a sensor that returns false-positive readings of brake pedal pressure applied to the system. Because this check also tells other in-vehicle systems that the brakes are being applied, the driver will be allowed to do things that would normally only be possible with the brake pedal pressed, including starting the vehicle and changing out of parking spaces.
“A vehicle capable of starting and changing out of a parking space without depressing the brake pedal could cause the vehicle to move unexpectedly, which could result in a vehicle collision and/or without prior warning,” the company’s defect report said. or cause harm to others outside the vehicle.”
Stellantis said there were no warning signs of such a malfunction, but once a problem surfaced, drivers might notice a malfunction on the dashboard or a brake light that remained on after turning off the vehicle. There were no related incidents or injuries reported, Stellantis said.