- Jeep is recalling 32,125 Wrangler 4xe models (2021–2024) due to a fire risk after the company discovered eight vehicle fires.
- Among the fires, six reportedly occurred while the plug-in-hybrid Wranglers were connected to chargers, but all of the vehicles were parked and turned off.
- Jeep says the affected Wrangler 4xe models will require a software flash or a replacement battery pack.
Anyone who owns a 2021–2024 Jeep Wrangler 4xe may have to worry about their off-roader being a potential fire risk. Following an internal investigation that resulted from a routine review of customer data, Stellantis—Jeep’s parent company—last week announced it had discovered eight vehicle fires, which has led it to recall 32,125 U.S. models.
As part of its investigation, the company disclosed that six of the eight vehicle fires happened while the plug-in-hybrid Wranglers were connected to chargers. It also said that all of the vehicles were parked and turned off when the fires occurred. Stellantis says it’s not aware of any accidents or injuries that resulted from the fires.
This recall only applies to certain Wrangler 4xe models, which feature a plug-in-hybrid powertrain with a roughly 14.0-kWh lithium-ion battery stashed under the rear seats. Stellantis estimates that only 1 percent of the total vehicles built were affected, and the fix involves either a software flash or replacing the entire battery pack.
Stellantis reported that an additional 3856 models in Canada are affected, with another 9249 outside of North America being affected. Owners of recalled vehicles will be advised when to schedule a service.
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