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Jeep recalls Grand Cherokee over towbar safety concerns

Jeep has urged affected Grand Cherokee owners to “stop using the tow bar immediately”.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Australia has issued a voluntary recall notice concerning WK Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles fitted with an official towbar kit and sold after May 31, 2017.

It is estimated 2350 vehicles are affected by an issue that may see the towbar washers and bolts lose torque during towing, loosening the towbar, and causing the trailer to detach.

The recall notice, released yesterday, says the affected towbar kits were sold between May 31, 2017 and March 16, 2018, and can be identified by two part numbers, LA82210140 and LA82210141.

The former part number identifies the kit fitted to Grand Cherokee Laredo, Limited and Overland models, and the latter refers to kits fitted to Grand Cherokee Summit and SRT models.

FCA Australia says no other Jeep models or towbars are affected, and that it is unaware of any injuries or accidents related to this recall.

Affected customers should refrain from using their towbar immediately, and will be notified by mail when they may schedule a repair, conducted free of charge.

Customers can check to see if their vehicle is affected via the FCA Australia customer care line, by contacting an authorised Chrysler Jeep Dodge dealer, or on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) website.

Check out all 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee price and spec info here.

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