The problem has caused 26 crashes and two injuries till date, Chrysler spokesman, Eric Mayne, wrote in an email. Mayne said that he was not aware of the severity of the injuries but that they were not fatal.
Chrysler will notify owners and dealers will update software to take care of the problem. Chrysler found cracks in a circuit board that turns the four-wheel-drive system on and off.
Repairs will be made at no cost to owners.
The recall covers 295,000 vehicles in the US, 28,500 in Canada, and 4,200 in Mexico. The remaining 141,000 are outside North America.
The company said in documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Administration that it began looking into the problem after a customer complained that an SUV rolled away in January of 2012 after being started remotely.
Mayne said he could not immediately explain why the recall did not occur until this month.