Chrysler Calls on Software Fix for Under-the-Radar Recall
It’s understandable how the news that Chrysler Group (OTC:FIATY.PK) is recalling 25,000 SUVs was received with a shrug by media outlets. GM’s (NYSE:GM) large-scale recall is grabbing headlines for both its size and the brazenness with which the automaker is accused of handling the deadly issue with its cars. New industry research shows that recalls are increasing as the amount of technology in cars continues to grow, while software fixes are providing an affordable, effective method of correction.
The Detroit News reports Fiat Chrysler will bring back over 25,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango units from model years 2012 and 2013 to address an issue with the flow of brake fluid in vehicles. Chrysler said a feature of the braking system was not working correctly. As a result, drivers of the SUVs may have trouble making sudden stops.
According to the report, the supplier of the auto part mentioned the problem to Chrysler recently. Spokespeople for the automaker said there were no crashes or injuries that resulted from the problem in the vehicles in question. Chrysler plans to notify drivers, who will bring in vehicles for a software update to restore the proper flow of braking fluids.
It’s now standard practice for automakers recalling defective vehicles to solve the issue with software updates. While the amount of non-mechanical technology increases every year in automobiles, the number of recalls is increasing with it, according to a report by research firm Stout Risius Ross. Despite the uptick in recalls, it hasn’t necessarily spelled bad news for the manufacturers.