Jeep will be recalling nearly 19,000 2021 Jeep Cherokee SUVs because a transmission hose can break and possibly cause a fire. The automaker will be sending letters to owners starting June 23rd, telling them of the recall.
The Transmission Hose Problem
The recall affects the transmission oil cooler hose. It was made with faulty rubber. The hose can break leaking transmission oil. The concern is that the oil could hit the hot exhaust or engine and possibly start on fire. The recall can affect the 2021 Cherokees with the 2.0-liter, 2.4-liter and 3.2-liter engines.
How Jeep Will Fix the Problem
Jeep will be notifying the owners of 18,800 2021 Jeep Cherokees that they are being recalled. Service technicians will replace the faulty TOC hoses and refill the transmission oil, if any has already leaked. If you have any concerns, you can contact customer service at 1-800-853-1403 and ask about recall Y18. You can also check on the recall at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website or call them at 1-888-327-4236.
Other Jeep Cherokee News
Unfortunately, the semiconductor chip shortage is forcing Jeep to drop the second shift at the plant that produces the Jeep Cherokee. The plant, located in Belvidere, Illinois, will lay off 1,641 employees indefinitely. Stellantis has said that it will try to place the laid-off employees in other full-time positions as they become available. Stellantis and the other large automakers have been forced to conserve the chips during the current shortage. Stellantis has been focusing on producing its most popular vehicles like the 2021 Ram 1500 and large Jeep SUVs. Stellantis has periodically been idling its other plants, including Belvidere, while concentrating on the more popular and profitable vehicles. There is no indication how long the semiconductor chip shortage will last but it is costing the automakers hundreds of millions of dollars in lost sales and production.
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