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.