The recall stems from an electrical failure that may result in an unintentional shifting of the transfer case into the neutral position, according to a notice posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The recall affects 469,072 Jeep Commanders and Grand Cherokees from the model years 2006-2010 and 2005-2010, respectively.
Approximately 295,000 vehicles are in the U.S., 28,500 are in Canada, 4,200 are in Mexico and 141,000 are outside the NAFTA region, according to an official Chrysler press release about the recalls.
Chrysler Group says the issue can be fixed with a software update to the vehicle’s circuit boards that transmit the signals that control the SUV’s gearshifts.
The software update will be performed at no cost to customers.
Jeep owners affected by the recall will be notified directly. Customers who are concerned about their vehicles are encouraged to contact their dealers or call 800-853-1403.