A software problem could cause the vehicles' airbags to deploy even when there's no real risk of a crash.

Fiat Chrysler recalls 230,000 JEEP Grand Cherokee due to an airbag failure

by Torsten 1mak Schmidt
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To fix the problem, Jeep dealers will replace software that's designed to detect an impending rollover accident. There have been a few cases in which the side airbags have deployed during "extreme driving maneuvers" such as those encountered in off-road terrain. In these situations, the SUVs tilted to the side, but not so much that they were actually about to roll over. New software will make the side airbags less likely to inflate in these sorts of situations.

The vehicles involved are about 170,000 model year 2014 and 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokees in the U.S. as well as roughly 20,000 in Canada, 4,000 in Mexico another 36,400 outside North America.

Fiat Chrysler (FCAM), which makes Jeeps, will notify owners of the need to bring their vehicles to a dealer for the software upgrade. It is unclear at this stage how many Australian Grand Cherokee are affected by this recall.