Chrysler has announced it is recalling more than 142,000 pickup trucks and SUVs worldwide because of software glitches that could affect instrument cluster lighting and braking systems.
Around 132,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs and 10,800 Ram pickup trucks from the 2014 model year are affected.
To its credit, Chrysler is making the move preemptively, without any reports of accidents or injuries, or any NHTSA inquiry or request.
Chrysler said the Jeep’s warning lights may randomly illuminate and its instrument cluster may black out. Since the same electronic module controls anti-lock braking and electronic stability control, those systems may also be affected.
Chrysler says the recall covers 91,559 Grand Cherokees in the U.S., 6,050 in Canada and 43,874 elsewhere.
Also being recalled are 10,800 2014 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 trucks to upgrade software that controls instrument-cluster illumination for a separate issue that may cause the display to be faulty, the report says.
In the pickup trucks, Chrysler quality-control personnel noticed that the backlighting on the instrument panel may work only intermittently.
Chrysler will notify owners next month. Dealers will reprogram the vehicles’ software for free.