Jeep issue recall for Grand Cherokee SRT & Trackhawk due to peculiar fault
It's something that could potentially happen to any car, but Jeep has issued a recall to help assuage it in their high performance SUVs.
If you currently have one of Jeep’s premier performance SUVs on your driveway, you may want to check to ensure this problem doesn’t affect you. For Jeep is recalling thousands of Grand Cherokee SRTs and Trackhawks due a simple but potentially dangerous fault.
The nature of the SRT and Trackhawk results in owners occasionally allowing their right foot to hit the floor. But when doing that, Jeep has discovered that the floor mats jam the throttle in the flat out position. And that’s something you really don’t want with cars of this performance level.
For now, Jeep is asking owners to remove the floor mats as a temporary solution to the problem. Like all cars in the Fiat Chrysler group, the SRT and Trackhawk use a system that cuts power to the engine should the throttle and brake be applied at the same time. As of now, Jeep is unaware of any incidents or injuries that have been caused by this fault - but is still issuing a recall just in case.
In total, its thought that 4822 cars have been effected - a third of which are still sitting safely on dealerships lots, making it easier to recall. Other than redesigning the floor mats to widen the opening around the pedal box, I fail to see precisely what Jeep can do to assuage this peculiar issue.
The SRT’s performance is plenty enough for the majority of people. With a 6.4L Hemi V8, it sends 475bhp and 470lb-ft of torque hurtling at the road through all 4 wheels. The Trackhawk however uses the same 6.2L Supercharged V8 as the Dodge Challenger Hellcat, meaning it produces an incredible 707bhp and 645lb-ft of torque. Imagine not having any control over that amount of power.
Just out of curiosity, has anybody ever experienced anything like this before? When you accelerate, and let your foot off the throttle to find the floor mat is holding it down? Let me know in the comments.
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