Owners can still use their plug-in hybrid SUV, however.
According to the announcement, the decision follows an internal investigation after a routine customer data review, revealing eight vehicle fire instances. All incidents occurred when the vehicles were parked and turned off, with six linked to charging activities. The automaker has stated that there have been no reported injuries or accidents related to the issue.
The recall is for model-years 2021-2024 Jeep Wrangler 4xe SUVs. No other Wrangler models or other 4xe models in the Stellantis range are affected by this recall. The Wrangler 4xe was introduced in 2021 and quickly became the best-selling PHEV in America.
The specific cause of the issue has yet to be revealed, including the source of the potential fire risk. However, the proposed remedy involves a software flash, and if a specific error code is detected, the battery pack will be replaced.
While the vehicles remain drivable, Stellantis urges owners to refrain from recharging the hybrid SUVs and to park them away from structures and other vehicles until the necessary remedial actions are taken.
Owners of the affected vehicles will be notified when they can schedule service appointments to address the issue. Stellantis estimates that only 1% of the affected vehicles may have the identified defect. Still, if you own one, we suggest contacting your dealer immediately for the next course of action.
The recall is not limited to the US, as additional affected vehicles include an estimated 3,856 in Canada and 9,249 outside North America. Jeep started selling the Wrangler 4xe in Europe for the 2022 model year.
This isn't the first issue that the Wrangler 4xe faced since its introduction in the market. Earlier versions, produced from September 2020 to August 2022, were recalled due to potential power loss while driving that could lead to a crash. Over 60,000 units were affected by that previous recall.
Meanwhile, Stellantis faced a call to action earlier this year involving Grand Cherokee 4xe and Wrangler 4xe, citing owners who could not use pure electric mode during cold weather.