By John Irwin, Crain News Service
DETROIT (Sept. 2, 2015) — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling 206,668 2014 Jeep Cherokee SUVs because of a defect that could cause windshield wipers to stop working.
The recall includes 158,671 SUVs in the U.S., 18,366 in Canada, 3,582 in Mexico and 26,049 from outside North America.
FCA said it was unaware of any injuries or accidents related to the defect.
The company said it discovered the defect — in which static might build up in the wipers when they are used in dry conditions — during a company investigation. Static buildup can affect the control module that powers the windshield wipers and potentially disable them, the company said in a statement Sept. 1.
Auto dealers will install a ground strap to the module to eliminate static buildup at no cost to customers, the company said. FCA will notify affected Cherokee drivers to schedule the repair.