“Software recalls” for li’l Ram, big Jeep

Jeep and Ram are each recalling a vehicle to update software. In the Ram ProMaster City, the computer-controlled turn signal flasher doesn’t change its flashing rate when a bulb burns out (many drivers may not even be aware of the fact that a burned-out bulb results in a faster flash rate). This is handled by recall Y71 (NHTSA 21V728), and affects 23,853 2019-2021 ProMaster Citys.

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L
2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L

The other recall affects an issue more people are likely to have encountered: failure of the rear view camera, which is needed to avoid backing over pedestrians. One of the greatest car-related causes of death among children was from backup accidents, resulting in mandated backup cameras, making a fix important.

This recall only covers the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L—and then only vehicles built from December 3, 2020 to September 13, 2021. The fix has already been made on newly produced Jeeps. The backup camera may work at first, but crash during shutdown and then fail to produce an image. The issue here may be related to Harman’s programming rather than Jeep’s, and affects around 56,180 vehicles sold in the United States as well as those sold elsewhere.

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