Fiat Chrysler recalls 206,000 Jeep Cherokees

David Shepardson
Detroit News Washington Bureau

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said it will recall more than 206,000 2014 Jeep Cherokees to prevent a defect that could disable the windshield wipers. It is the sixth callback for some of the SUVs.

An investigation by FCA US discovered static electricity buildup may occur if the Jeeps’ windshield wipers are activated during dry conditions. Significant static buildup may affect a control module that powers the wipers.

Fiat Chrysler said it is unaware of related injuries or accidents.

The recall includes 158,000 2014 Cherokees in the United States, 18,366 in Canada, 3,582 in Mexico and 26,049 outside North America.

Dealers will install a ground strap to the control module to eliminate the potential for static buildup. Customers will be advised when they may schedule service.

This is the sixth recall of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, though not all 2014 Cherokees are included in all six recalls. Fiat Chrysler unveiled the Cherokee in late 2013 as a new vehicle replacing the Jeep Liberty. The vehicle had a rocky start after sales were delayed because of issues with its new nine-speed transmission.

The SUV was recalled last month as part of a wider recall of 1.4 million Fiat Chrysler vehicles for cyberhacking concerns.

In June, Fiat Chrysler recalled 2014-15 Cherokee with power liftgates because of concerns water could short-circuit a module raising the risk of fires. It also had prior recalls for rear shocks that may come loose, and a potential problem with the forward-collision avoidance system.

Fiat Chrysler said last month it has called back a company-record 10.2 million vehicles this year in 24 recall campaigns in the United States. About 4 million of the callbacks are for Takata air bag inflators.