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Jeep recalls over 300,000 Cherokee and Renegade models

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is voluntarily recalling an estimated 323,361 vehicles to update certain software and replace a wire harnesses.

FCA says an examination of warranty data led to an internal investigation that discovered an insufficient crimp in a wire harness. Such a crimp may lead to a solenoid fault code that can cause software problems and potentially cause the car to stall. Jeep Cherokee and Renegade models sold in the UK only amount to a small portion of the 323,361 with 43,927 sold outside the NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) region.

Affected cars are certain model-year 2015 Chrysler 200 sedans, Ram ProMaster City small vans (both U.S) and the Jeep Renegade and Cherokee SUVs. Certain model-year 2014 Cherokees are also affected. A change made in the harness-manufacturing process eliminated the need for the group to recall any vehicle built after September 23, 2014.

FCA has said it is unaware of any related injuries or accidents and that most vehicles recalled will not experience this fault code over their lifetimes. However, should the condition occur, it can typically be temporarily resolved by stopping the vehicle and re-starting its engine.

FCA is urging customers that have any concerns to contact their local Fiat Chrysler dealership.