Chrysler has recalled the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT and Trackhawk vehicles because the accelerator pedal can get trapped by the floor mat, which could cause unintended acceleration and a car accident.
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Jeep Recalls Grand Cherokee SRT & Trackhawk
November 18, 2018 — Chrysler (FCA) recalled approximately 4,822 of the model-year 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Street and Racing Technology (SRT) and Trackhawk vehicles.
Unintended Acceleration Hazard
The driver’s floor mat may not have enough clearance between the mat and the accelerator pedal, which could prevent the pedal from returning to the idle position. If the floor mat prevents the accelerator pedal from returning to idle, there would be an increased risk of unintended acceleration or a car accident.
What is the Problem?
A driver floor mat without enough clearance to the accelerator pedal may prevent the accelerator pedal from returning to an idle state when the driver removes pressure on the pedal, causing more engine power to be requested than intended.
“Unintended engine power can cause a vehicle crash without prior warning.”
Avoiding Unintended Acceleration in an Emergency
Unintended acceleration may be stopped with the brake-throttle override function. If the accelerator pedal is held in a fixed position for a certain amount of time, and then the brakes are applied, the engine will disregard the continued accelerator pedal request and the engine will return to idle, despite the position of the accelerator pedal.
What is SRT?
Street Racing Technology (SRT) is a special group of performance cars manufactured by Fiat Chrysler Automotive with a more powerful engine, upgraded performance parts, and luxury interiors.
What Should I Do?
Chrysler will notify owners of the recall. Dealers will replace any of the affected floor mats, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 18, 2018. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler’s number for this recall is UB3.
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