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Fiat Chrysler recalls Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango for suspension issues

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling thousands of Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango vehicles that may have serious suspension problems. FCA is contacting the owners of some of those SUVS and advising them to stop driving the vehicles immediately.

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    A line of unsold 2012 Durango sports-utility vehicles sits at a Dodge dealership in Littleton, Colo. Fiat Chrysler is recalling a select number of 2015 Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs that may have suspension problems.
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If you own a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee or Dodge Durango, we've got good news and bad news. 

The bad news is that more than 7,700 of those vehicles are being recalled because some of them may suffer from serious suspension problems. According to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles:

"The SUVs, assembled earlier this month, are being recalled because they may have been inadvertently equipped with improperly heat-treated suspension components. This condition, which was not apparent during the assembly process, could lead to component breakage, rear-end instability and/or reduced braking power."

Of the total number of vehicles recalled, 65 appear to be in the most danger. FCA is contacting the owners of those SUVS and advising them to stop driving the vehicles immediately.

The good news? The flawed components were installed during a very narrow, nine-day window earlier this month, from June 12 to June 20, 2015. As a result, many Grand Cherokees and Durangos affected by the recall are still on dealers' lots, and some haven't even reached dealerships. FCA says that all will be inspected and repaired, if necessary, before being sold or delivered to customers.

In total, 7,757 vehicles are included in the recall. Of that number, FCA says that 5,608 are located in the U.S., 255 are in Canada, and 65 are in Mexico. An additional 1,829 are earmarked for other areas, but haven't yet been shipped.

If you own a new Grand Cherokee or Durango and want to see if your vehicle is included in the recall, visit http://recalls.mopar.com/ or https://vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin/ and run a search for your SUV's vehicle Identification Number (VIN). If you happen to be driving one of the recalled vehicles, FCA will contact you by phone to arrange an on-site vehicle inspection. If that inspection uncovers problems, your SUV will be taken to a dealership for repairs.

For further questions, you're encouraged to contact FCA US Customer Care at 800-853-1403.

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