Jeep and its parent company Stellantis are recalling 45,000 Jeep Wrangler 4xe SUVs because of a problem they have discovered that may lead to fires. The recall involves an estimated 32,125 Wrangler 4xes in the U.S. The others are in Canada or were sold outside North America. The recall is for certain 2021-2024 Jeep Wrangler 4xes. It does not involve any other Wranglers at this point, nor does it involve other 4xe models. The Jeep Wrangler 4xe is the most popular plug-in hybrid in North America.
How Jeep Discovered the Problem
According to a Jeep news release, “A routine Company review of customer data led to an internal investigation that discovered eight vehicle fires. All were parked and turned off, while six were connected to chargers.” Jeep says it is unaware of any related injuries or accidents.
Apparently, the issue does not affect all of the Wrangler 4xes. Jeep estimates that only about 1 percent of the recalled vehicles have the defect.
How Jeep Will Fix the Problem
Jeep says the problem is caused by a defective battery pack. Service technicians will diagnose the problem by doing a software flash. If a certain error code is observed, the battery pack will be replaced.
Affected customers will be notified when they may schedule service. Again, Jeep estimates that only one percent of affected vehicles may have the defect.
What Happens Next
Jeep says in the meantime, the vehicles may be driven. However, Jeep is advising owners to refrain from recharging these hybrid vehicles, and to park them away from structures and other vehicles, until they are fixed.
U.S. customers with additional questions or concerns may visit https://www.mopar.com/en-us/my-vehicle/recalls/search.html.
The recall involves 32,125 vehicles in the U.S., 3,856 are affected in Canada and 9,249 outside North America.
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