Chrysler Recalls 469000 SUVs for Electrical Fix

Chrysler Recalls 469,000 SUVs for Electrical Fix

The company said it had discovered a problem in some circuit boards that transmit signals that result in the vehicle shifting into neutral.

WASHINGTON -- Chrysler is recalling 469,000 older model sport-utility vehicles worldwide to fix an electrical problem that could allow the SUV to unintentionally roll away.

The  automaker announced over the weekend the recall of certain Jeep Commanders, model years 2006-2010, and Grand Cherokees, model years 2005-2010, for a software update to correct the fault.

The company said it had discovered a problem in some circuit boards that transmit signals that result in the vehicle shifting into neutral.

"If the vehicle shifts into neutral, it may roll away increasing the risk of a crash or personal injury," Chrysler said in a filing to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The company's investigation began in January 2012 after a customer complained that a 2007 Grand Cherokee shifted to neutral and began to roll after a remote start.

The recall affects about 295,000 vehicles in the United States; 28,500 in Canada; 4,200 in Mexico; 141,000 elsewhere, the company said.

The recall is expected to begin in June, and the software update will be performed free of charge, it said.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2013

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