Stellantis Recalls 200,000+ Cars Over Software Issue That May Compromise Stability Control

By Trisha Andrada

Jun 10, 2024 08:04 AM EDT

Cars are parked outside the Vauxhall Ellesmere Port plant, ahead of the press conference announcing Stellantis' investment in the Vauxhall Ellesmere Port plant to build new electric vehicles, in Ellesmere Port, England. (Photo : Vauxhall via Getty Images)

Stellantis is alerting the public about a software issue that might lead to the electronic stability control (ESC) systems of 211,581 SUVs and pickup trucks failing.

Over 200,000 Cars Recalled by Stellantis

The 2022 Dodge Durango, along with the 2022 Ram 2500 and 3500, are the vehicles that are being recalled. With roughly 158,000 pickups recalled, the Ram 2500 is the model most impacted. There are 524 Ram 3500s and slightly more than 53,000 Durangos that are part of the recall.

According to a report by CNN, owners of impacted vehicles will start to receive notifications in late July. Customers may have their anti-lock brake systems updated at no cost to them by bringing their cars to dealers.

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Faulty Anti-Lock Braking System Deactivates Stability Control

A faulty anti-lock braking system is the root of the problem since it disables the stability control system. In the event that the driver loses control of the car in an emergency, such as on wet or snowy roads, the said system ensures that the steering capabilities remain intact. Therefore, it is a crucial safety element in many automobiles.

A higher accident risk may result from operating a vehicle without a functional stability control system, said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Research shows that electronic stability control systems may lessen the likelihood of deadly incidents, especially those involving only one vehicle or a rollover.

Every new passenger vehicle is required by law to include an ESC since 2012.

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