Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling all units of the 2018 through 2020 Jeep Wrangler SUVs as well as the 2020 Jeep Gladiator pickup trucks. Only units fitted with manual transmissions are listed under this recall.
According to the reports, the vehicles could pose a fire risk to drivers, increasing the risk of injuries and accidents.
In its recall report, Fiat Chrysler said that the mechanism that transfers engine torque to the transmission, also known as clutch pressure plate, can overheat. Over time, friction leads to cracks in the transmission case, and heated debris might contact ignition sources on the vehicle and start a fire. In this case, the driver may smell burnt clutch, feeling the clutch pedal move farther than usual just before the plate breaks.
If damage to the pressure plate doesn’t lead to a fire, the vehicle can still experience a loss of propulsion, producing road debris and therefore exposing other vehicles to accident risks.
The firm should begin contacting impacted vehicle owners on April 22.
The firm is working on a fix for this problem, the recall report stated. Until Fiat Chrysler knows how to address this problem to avoid fires, drivers should be aware that this equipment defect could expose them to serious risks.
As personal injury attorneys, we understand that the fact Fiat Chrysler has yet to develop a plan to ensure this issue no longer exposes car owners to fire risks raises a series of questions.
If you’re not confident driving your Jeep Wrangler because you’re afraid of the potential consequences, reach out to the firm to ask whether there’s something you can do immediately to prevent a potential fire.
Stay on top of auto recalls that might impact your vehicle by visiting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website regularly and plugging your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number into the agency’s recall finder.
Part of being a responsible driver is making sure open recalls are addressed as soon as possible. This will ensure that any equipment issue your car may have won’t expose you, your loved ones, and other drivers to accident and injury risks.
For more on this Jeep recall and how Fiat Chrysler is handling it, follow this link for the full report.