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NHTSA Opens Recall Inquiry into Jeep Wrangler 4xe Hybrid SUVs Over Loss of Power

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched a recall query into 94,275 Jeep Wrangler 4xe hybrid SUVs manufactured between 2021 and 2024, citing concerns over a loss of motive power. 

This investigation comes in response to complaints from owners who experienced engine shutdowns, including those whose vehicles were previously recalled in 2022 for the exact same issue.

Jeep Wrangler 4xe Hybrid Recall Query

The Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) has launched a recall query into the Jeep Wrangler 4xe hybrid vehicles, model years 2021 through 2024, following 68 reports of loss of motive power. This follows Recall 22V-865, which was issued to address engine shutdown issues in certain 2021-2023 Wrangler 4xe models.

Despite the recall, complaints have continued, including failures in vehicles both within and outside the scope of Recall 22V-865. An analysis by the ODI reveals that the complaint rate is now higher in vehicles not covered by the initial recall compared to those that were.

The recall query aims to assess the severity of the defect in vehicles not included in Recall 22V-865 and to evaluate the effectiveness of the remedy provided in the recall. 

Increasing Recall Numbers

In recent years, Jeep has faced a growing number of recall issues, underscoring challenges within the Stellantis group as a whole. 

This recent recall query of 94,275 Wrangler 4xe hybrids is a significant addition to an already extensive list of recalls.

  • Jeep Cherokee: In 2023, Stellantis recalled over 100,000 Jeep Cherokee SUVs due to issues with the power liftgate module, which could short-circuit and cause a fire.
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango: In 2022, a recall was issued for nearly 300,000 vehicles due to a faulty fuel pump relay that could cause the engine to stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
  • Jeep Gladiator: In 2021, over 40,000 Jeep Gladiator models were recalled due to potential clutch pressure plate overheating, which could lead to a vehicle fire.

The Road Ahead: Rebuilding Jeep’s Reputation Amid Recurring Recalls

Despite its loyal fan base and rugged off-road appeal, Jeep’s increasing number of recalls has taken a toll on both operational costs and brand reputation. 

In addition, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) active involvement in investigating Jeep’s safety issues highlights the heightened regulatory scrutiny the brand faces. If systemic problems are identified, this could lead to stricter oversight and potentially larger penalties. 

Stellantis must comprehensively address these recall issues. As the automotive industry continues to evolve with advanced technologies, maintaining high safety standards and robust quality assurance processes will be essential for Jeep to restore its reputation in the off-road community. 

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