Chrysler recalls 3,000 Jeep Renegade SUVs because the telltale lights can all activate at once.

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Chrysler recalls 3,000 Jeep Renegade SUVs because the telltale lights can all activate at once.

— Chrysler is recalling more than 3,000 model year 2017 Jeep Renegade SUVs because numerous warning lights can activate even though no malfunctions exist.

In this condition, a driver would never know if a real problem occurred if all the warning lights activate on the instrument panel.

These warning lights are called "telltale" lights to warn a driver when various functions or systems of the SUV are malfunctioning.

The warning light problem was discovered in July when FCA Italy found a software problem with the instrument panel control, something that caused engineers to open an internal investigation.

FCA determined which Jeeps were involved by looking at when a new integrated circuit chip sub-component and the associated software were first introduced into production in 2017.

Federal safety standards say a "telltale must not emit light except when identifying the malfunction or vehicle condition it is designed to indicate, or during a bulb check." FCA says the Jeeps were built with a circuit chip sub-component and software that aren't compatible and will cause the telltales to activate.

According to Chrysler, the problem is more likely to occur when the gas gauge is indicating low fuel levels, and the decision to order a recall in the U.S. was based on the clear wording from the government about telltales.

The 2017 Jeep Renegade recall is expected to begin September 16, 2017.

Jeep dealers will update the instrument panel control software, but owners who have questions should call Chrysler at 800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is T50.

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