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NHTSA Opens Investigation for Jeep Parking Brake

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July 29, 2022—The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating some Jeep Cherokee models.

According to NHTSA.gov, the Office of Defects Investigation has received 80 complaints for Jeep Cherokees with model years between 2014 and 2020. The issue is in regards to the Electronic Parking Brake, which may active while the vehicle is in motion. 

This activation eventually causes the vehicle to stall and come to a stop. The reason for this issue appears to be caused by water damage.

The ODI has acknowledged that there is also a recall open for a water ingress impacting the power liftgate module on this same lot of vehicles that the ODI is investigating. According to the NHTSA, the liftgate module and the EPB are located around the same area in the vehicle.

The NHTSA also pointed out that a Technical Service Bulletin was issued on May 11, 2016, by the manufacturer that provided dealers with instructions on replacing the EPB and inspecting the electrical connector for corrosion if a customer had issues with the EPB.

The current investigation, which was launched on July 22, 2022, is labeled as a Preliminary Evaluation from the NHTSA. 

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