Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles has recalled roughly 318,000 vehicles due to display issues relating to the backup camera. Altogether, models from the Ram, Dodge, Chrysler, and Jeep brands are affected.
The problem exists in some 2019 and 2020 models, totaling 318,537 vehicles. A software can sometimes lead to the backup camera image staying displayed on the infotainment screen, even after the vehicle is no longer in reverse. Obviously this prevents the driver from engaging in the infotainment system in any way. That includes accessing navigation, radio controls, or any Bluetooth connectivity.
According to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, affected vehicles have either the 8.4 or 12.4 infotainment displays. Potentially recalled models include the 2019 and 2020 Chrysler Pacifica, 2019 Dodge Challenger, 2019 and 2020 Dodge Durango, 2019 and 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Renegade, and Wrangler, 2020 Jeep Cherokee and Gladiator, and 2019 and 2020 Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 pickups.
Although the issue is merely a minor software glitch, it means the vehicles are not in compliance with federal safety standards. FCA will be offering a free software update to affected vehicles, which will fix the problem. Owners will begin to receive notices towards the end of May 2020. In the meantime, you can check the NHTSA recall website to see if your vehicle is on the list.