airbagCertain 2022-2023 Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer vehicles could experience a compromised side curtain air bag (SABIC) deployment due to an improperly seated upper B-pillar. These vehicles fail to comply with the requirement of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard for ejection mitigation.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) became aware of the problem in June 2022 when the FCA technical Safety and Regulatory Compliance (TSRC) organization was informed of a potential issue related to the upper B-pillar trim that could result in a compromised SABIC deployment in some 2022-2023 Jeep Wagoneer and Jeep Grand Wagoneer vehicles. FCA analyzed warranty claims, customer records and vehicle history to identify reports of improperly seated upper B-pillar trim. They held meetings with FCA Interior Engineering and Manufacturing to review the issue and understand the part design failure mode.

According to the defect report, when the ejection propulsion mechanism propels the ejection impactor into the impact target locations of each side daylight opening of a vehicle according to the test procedures specified in S5 of this standard, the most outboard surface of the ejection head form must not displace more than 100 millimeters beyond the zero displacement plane. Vehicles with the upper B-pillar trim not fully seated may have a compromised side airbag inflatable curtain deployment that may not meet this requirement. A compromised deployment of the SABIC can reduce occupant protection in the event of a crash, resulting in an increased risk of injury to vehicle occupants. If a vehicle has this problem, the driver may notice a loose fit and/or rattle in the B-pillar.

This recall is not related to a part defect but rather an assembly issue where the vehicle may have been built with an improperly seated upper B-pillar trim. The remedy will be to inspect and, if necessary, reseat or replace all loose or broken upper B-pillar interior trim pieces. FCA US, LLC’s number for this recall is 76A and the NHTSA campaign number is 23V-545.

Chrysler (FCA) has recently taken steps to address a potential safety issue that could pose a risk to owners of certain 2022-2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2021-2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee L vehicles. The concern revolves around the rear coil springs, which may have been incorrectly installed during the manufacturing process. This misalignment could lead to the complete detachment of the coil spring while the vehicle is in motion, potentially increasing the likelihood of accidents.

In response to reports received in March 2023 about a 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee experiencing a rear coil spring detachment while driving, FCA US Technical Safety and Regulatory Compliance (TSRC) launched an investigation. The aim was to thoroughly examine the situation, including the design and assembly process of the coil spring, as well as reviewing measurement data for both the part and the affected vehicles. Although no accidents or injuries have been reported thus far, FCA US has decided to initiate a safety recall for the impacted models as a proactive measure.

The defect report indicates that certain 2022-2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2021-2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee L vehicles were built with rear coil springs that may not have been properly installed. This installation error could result in the coil spring shifting out of its intended position. If the rear coil spring becomes detached while the vehicle is in motion, it can pose a hazard not only to the occupants of the affected Jeep but also to operators and passengers of other vehicles sharing the road. The sudden detachment of the coil spring without any warning can potentially lead to accidents and cause injuries.

To address this issue, Chrysler authorized dealerships will conduct thorough inspections of the rear coil spring assemblies in the affected vehicles. If any problems are identified, the necessary repairs will be carried out promptly. It is crucial for owners of the impacted Jeep models to have their vehicles inspected to ensure that the rear coil springs are correctly installed, thereby mitigating the risk associated with this issue.

For reference, the safety recall associated with this concern has been assigned the identification number 64A by FCA. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has designated the corresponding campaign as number 23V-413.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has recently taken action to address a potential problem that may affect certain 2014-2019 Ram 1500 trucks and 2014-2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs. The issue involves an unexpected engine stall, which could pose a safety risks to vehicle owners.

In May 2023, the FCA Technical Safety and Regulatory Compliance (TSRC) organization initiated an investigation into certain models manufactured between 2014 and 2019 for Ram 1500 trucks and between 2014 and 2020 for Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs. The focus of the investigation was on vehicles equipped with 3.0L Diesel engines. It was discovered that these particular vehicles had a tone reluctor wheel with an insufficient bond between the magnetic coating and the tone wheel body. Upon analyzing the stall patterns and reviewing vehicle history, it was determined that the affected vehicles were those manufactured with Gen II 3.0L diesel engines, and the crankshaft tone wheel was identified as the source of the stalls.

According to the defect report, the magnetic material attached to the reluctor wheel provides a crucial signal to the crankshaft position sensor. When this signal is lost, the engine’s ability to synchronize injector pulses and cam timing is compromised. Consequently, the loss of the crankshaft position can lead to an engine stall, leaving the vehicle unable to restart.

To address this issue, FCA will be updating the powertrain control module software to ensure that vehicle propulsion is maintained even in the event of a lost crankshaft position signal. By reading the camshaft position signal, the updated software will mitigate the risk of engine stalls.

As part of the recall process, FCA has assigned the number 66A to this specific recall, while the NHTSA campaign number is 23V-411. It is important to note that this recall represents an expansion of a previous recall, namely recall 20V-475.

FCA US will be contacting vehicle owners to ensure that they are informed about the issue and the necessary steps to resolve it. The company is aware of 10 customer assistance records, 611 warranty claims, and three field reports that may be associated with this particular issue.

Addressing the Issue of Unsecured Fuses and Steps to Take if Your Vehicle is Affected

Jeep Wrangler Plug-In Hybrid Electric vehicles (PHEV) have gained popularity for their eco-friendly features and impressive performance. However, recent reports have surfaced regarding a potential safety concern that could affect certain 2022-2023 models. The FCA Technical Safety and Regulatory Compliance (TSRC) organization has identified an issue with an unsecured fuse inside the high voltage battery, which may result in an unexpected loss of drive power.

Discovery of the Issue:
In February 2023, the FCA TSRC organization received its first report of a fuse melting in the HV battery of a 2022 Jeep Wrangler PHEV, drawing immediate attention to the matter. A subsequent incident involving another 2022 Jeep Wrangler PHEV with the same problem prompted the initiation of a comprehensive investigation.

Root Cause and Potential Impact:
The investigation revealed that an incorrect fastener used during vehicle production could increase resistance and generate excess heat at the 200 amp fuse interface. The prolonged exposure to high temperatures could cause the fuse to fail, leading to a loss of motive power. Drivers experiencing this issue might notice a Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) illuminated, changes in drivability, and/or noise originating from the HV battery pack assembly.

Suspect Period and Population:
The suspect period for this issue spans from January 10, 2022, when the incorrect fasteners were introduced, to September 20, 2022, when the use of incorrect fasteners ceased. The identification of the suspect population was determined through careful examination of vehicle and supplier manufacturing records.

Recall and Resolution:
To address this safety concern, Jeep has issued a recall, known as recall number 53A by Chrysler and NHTSA campaign number 23V-303. Owners of affected vehicles will receive notifications instructing them to visit their authorized dealerships. At the dealership, the battery fuse will be inspected, and if necessary, replaced to ensure proper functionality. Additionally, the battery assembly will undergo inspection for signs of charring or discoloration on the bus bars, and if required, will be replaced as part of the resolution process. It is crucial to respond promptly to recall notifications and schedule an appointment with your dealership.

Taking Action if You Suspect Your Vehicle is Affected:
If you believe your Jeep Wrangler PHEV falls within the suspect population or are experiencing any symptoms associated with this issue, it is essential to take the appropriate steps. Firstly, check if you have received a recall notification from Jeep. The notice will provide instructions on how to proceed and schedule an appointment with an authorized dealership. If you have not received a notification but suspect your vehicle may be affected, you can directly contact your local dealership to inquire about the recall and share your concerns.

The discovery of an unsecured fuse issue affecting certain 2022-2023 Jeep Wrangler Plug-In Hybrid Electric vehicles is a matter of utmost importance. If you suspect that your vehicle is part of the affected population or are experiencing any relevant symptoms, it is crucial to act swiftly by following the instructions provided in the recall notification or reaching out to your local dealership.

Some 2020-2023 model-year Jeep Wrangler vehicles may have been built with an unnecessary and unused frame stud that could puncture the fuel tank, potentially starting a fire. The suspect period began in October 2019, when frames with the extra frame stud were introduced into vehicle production, and ended on May 14, 2022, when frames with the frame stud were no longer used. The frames involved are Mopar Frame Assembly’s and the NHTSA Campaign Number is 23E-023.

The FCA Technical Safety and Regulatory Compliance (TSRC) opened an investigation into the problem as a result of an assembly plant report of some frames containing an extra frame stud. FCA reviewed supplier data, met with engineering to understand the frame design and change history, and review frame and vehicle measurement data. Although there have been no warranty claims or field reports related to the problem, the FCA TSRC have decided to conduct a recall on all affected vehicles.

According to the defect report, some Mopar frame assemblies may have been manufactured with an extra frame stud that, when installed in a vehicle, could contact the fuel tank. Over time, the problem could result in a fuel leak and an increased chance of a fire.

Owners receiving notices will be asked to return to their Chrysler dealer to have their vehicle inspected. If there is a potential problem, the frame stud will be removed and the area will be painted. FCA US, LLC’s number for this recall is 28A and the NHTSA campaign number is 23V-191.

If you are having repeated problems with your Jeep Wrangler and you think it could be a Lemon, or if you have any questions about your rights under the California Lemon Law, please call our office at 1-888-395-3666 or fill in the “Case Review” form at the top of this page, and get some great Lemon Law advice!

Jeep is a well-known brand in the automotive industry for producing powerful off-road vehicles. However, in December 2022, Jeep’s Technical Safety and Regulatory Compliance (TSRC) investigators began to receive reports of vehicle fires in certain Jeep Gladiator and Wrangler vehicles. It was found that the fires were related to pressure plate failures, which led to overheating and eventual fires.

An investigation was opened, and it was discovered that the trend of vehicle fires related to failed clutch assemblies was found in vehicles built after Recall 21V-028. In this recall, Chrysler repaired certain 2018-2021 Jeep Wrangler and 2020-2021 Jeep Gladiator vehicles equipped with manual transmissions because the clutch pressure plate could overheat and fracture.

In January, FCA received inspection details of a 2023 MY Jeep Wrangler vehicle built after the Recall 21V-028, which experienced a complete clutch failure. FCA US identified 26 customer assistance records, 36 warranty claims, and six field reports potentially related to this issue for all markets with dates of receipt ranging from July 5, 2021 to January 12, 2023.

In February 2023, FCA US determined, through the Vehicle Regulations Committee, to conduct a safety recall of the affected vehicles. The recall expands and replaces the previous recall 21V-028. Vehicles previously repaired under recall 21V-028 will need to have the new remedy completed.

The remedy is currently under development, and owner notification letters are expected to be mailed in April. In some circumstances, the operator may smell a clutch burning odor and/or clutch slippage before the failure, and may receive cluster warning message. It is important for owners to pay attention to any warning signs and immediately bring their vehicles in for repair.

This is not the first time Jeep has had to issue a recall. In recent years, Jeep has had to recall various models due to issues such as faulty airbags, faulty brake systems, and faulty fuel pumps. While recalls can be inconvenient for owners, they are necessary to ensure the safety of drivers and passengers on the road.

Jeep has always prided itself on producing high-quality, durable vehicles that are built to withstand rugged terrain. However, as with any machine, there is always the potential for failure. It is important for Jeep owners to stay informed about any recalls or issues with their vehicles and to promptly bring them in for repair.

In conclusion, Jeep’s recent recall of certain Gladiator and Wrangler vehicles is a reminder of the importance of vehicle safety and the need for regular maintenance and inspection. The remedy for this recall is currently under development, and owners should pay attention to any warning signs and bring their vehicles in for repair as soon as possible.

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler SUV Later Release, a popular off-road vehicle, has been the subject of numerous recalls and investigations. Many of these problems substantially impair the use, value, or safety of the vehicle. There have been a total of 11 recalls issued for the 2018 model year Jeep Wrangler Later Release. Some of the major issues include problems such as corrosion of the left rear frame section, incorrect transmission park rods, a cruise control system that cannot be canceled, and a voltage regulator that may fail and cause the vehicle to stall.

Although a recall hasn’t been issued since 2021, there are 5 ongoing investigations affecting the 2018 Jeep Wrangler SUV Later Release. These investigations include an examination of frame weld deficiencies, electrical over stress in the air bag ACU, seat belt buckle bracket failures, weld quality deficiencies, and the risk of desiccated air bag inflator ruptures.

The 2018 2018 Jeep Wrangler SUV Later Release has received the highest number of complaints for Jeep Wrangler built in the last fifteen years. Some of the major complaints include:

  • Service Brakes (21)
  • Vehicle Speed Control (15)
  • Fuel/Propulsion System (10)
  • Seats (10)
  • Exterior Lighting (8)
  • SEAT Belts (7)
  • Air Bags (7)
  • Lane Departure (5)
  • Steering (995)
  • Suspension (303)
  • Electrical System (120)
  • Power Train (91)
  • Structure (78)
  • Wheels (54)
  • Electronic Stability Control (46)
  • Engine (42)
  • Visibility/Wiper (33)

These recalls, investigations and complaints are a cause for concern. It is important to note that safety issues and repeated problems could mean your Jeep Wrangler is a Lemon. The California lemon law provides a solution for California consumers who have repeated problems with their vehicles. It applies to all new and many used vehicles, whether purchased or leased, for personal and most small business use.

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Stellantis is a global automaker and the owner of Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and RAM brands in the US. In the last year, they have issued numerous recalls affecting millions of vehicles. During this time, the company is also subject to ongoing investigations by the U.S. government automobile safety regulators.

Below is a summary of the Stellantis recalls in 2022.

Fuel Pump Failure (22V-767)
Models Affected: 2020-2022 Jeep Wrangler, Ram 1500, and 2021-2022 Jeep Gladiator vehicles equipped with 3.0L diesel engines.
A high-pressure fuel pump failure could introduce internally failed component debris into the fuel system potentially causing the engine to stall due to fuel starvation.

Front Seat Belt Pretensioner Could Fail (22V-766)
Models Affected: 2022 Ram 1500, Jeep Gladiator, and 2021 Jeep Wrangler vehicles.
An incorrectly welded micro gas generator (MGG) may lead to a pretensioner system failure that could fail to restrain an occupant during an accident.

Internal ECM Short May Cause Loss of Power (22V-642)
Models Affected: 2022 Ram 3500, 3500 Cab Chassis, Ram 2500, and 4500 and 5500 Cab Chassis vehicles equipped with Cummins 6.7L turbo diesel engines.
The engine control module (ECM) may have been built with a misaligned capacitor that can short-circuit, resulting in an internal loss of communication.

Rearview Camera Image May Not Display (22V-638)
Models Affected: 2020-2021 Jeep Wrangler, RAM 1500, and 2021 Jeep Gladiator
A software error could prevent the rear view image from displaying. These vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for rear visibility.

Tail Light Side Marker May Not Illuminate (22V-544)
Models Affected: 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2021-2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L vehicles.
The tail light side marker assemblies may be damaged and not illuminated.

The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Sensor Battery May Fail Prematurely (22V-504)
Models Affected: 2022 Chrysler 300, 2022 Dodge Challenger, and 2022 Dodge Charger
According to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) , all vehicles must be equipped with a tire pressure monitor system that detects”when one or more of a vehicle’s tires is significantly under-inflated and illuminates a low tire pressure warning telltale. The tire pressure system in the suspect vehicles may not detect low tire pressure. If the TPMS light illuminates because the battery in the sensor prematurely discharges, it could mask an actual low tire pressure condition, possibly resulting in tire failure.

Vehicle Rollaway Because Of ABS Malfunction (22V-426)
Models Affected: 2018-2019 Dodge Durango, and 2018-2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee
A malfunctioning antilock-brake system (ABS) module may illuminate the brake lights, and allow the vehicle to start and shift out of Park without the brake pedal being applied.

Rear view Image May Not Display (22V-407)
Models Affected: 2022 Ram 1500, 2500 pickup trucks, and 3500 Cab Chassis vehicles with GVWR less than 10,000 lbs
The radio software may prevent the rear view image from displaying. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 111, “Rear Visibility.”

High-Pressure Fuel Pump Failure (22V-406)
Models Affected: 2014-2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and 2014-2019 RAM 1500
A high-pressure fuel pump (HPFP) failure may introduce internal debris into the fuel system, potentially resulting in fuel starvation.

Stuck EGR Valve May Cause Loss Of Power (22V-284)
Models Affected: 2021 Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee WK, 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and 2021-2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L vehicles equipped with 3.6L engines.
The exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve may stick open, resulting in an unexpected loss of drive power.

Seat May Not Secure Properly (22V-181)
Models Affected: 2021-2022 Pacifica and 2021 Voyager
The second-row seat-to-floor mounting latch may bind and stick open, preventing the seat from properly securing to the floor.

Missing Weld From The Seat Back Frame To The Child Seat Tether Anchorage (22V-180)
Models Affected: 2021-2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee
These vehicles may have been built with a missing weld from the seat back frame to the child seat tether anchorage. These vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 225, “Child Restraint Anchorage Systems.”

Steering Assembly Bar Could Bind (22V-154)
Models Affected: 2021-2022 Dodge Durango and 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles.
The steering gear rack bar may have been insufficiently hardened during manufacturing, possibly allowing it to bind within the steering rack. The problem could result in a loss of steering control.

ESC Light May Not Indicate Malfunction (22V-140)
Models Affected: 2021-2022 Dodge Durango, 2019-2022 RAM 2500, and 2019-2022 RAM 2500
An ABS control module software issue could prevent the electronic stability control (ESC) malfunction light from illuminating during certain conditions.