Jeep has recalled over 62,000 plug-in hybrid Wranglers due to a software glitch. The glitch in question could shut the engine down and cause a vehicle crash without warning. The National Highway Traffic Safety Association has banned dealers from selling any more of these vehicles until proper repairs can be made. A notice posted by the NHTSA alleges that each the over 62,000 vehicles built covered by the recall have this potentially dangerous defect. It affects 2021 and 2022 Jeep Wrangler 4xe models with 2.0L Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle engines.
The Jeeps in question could experience an engine shutdown as a result of “diagnostic reactions to faults caused by loss of communication,” according to the notice. Jeep will be updating calibration software for the vehicle’s hybrid control processor, auxiliary hybrid control processor and transmission control module to correct the problem, according to the NHTSA. For many hybrid Jeep owners, the recall was a long time coming. Chrysler, Jeep’s parent company, initiated investigation after reports of the problem in September of 2021. After conducting an analysis that took longer than a year, they found multiple complaints and warranty claims. So far, two accidents and one injury have been potentially linked to the problem.
This is not the only issue this vehicle and its owners have encountered. The publication Drive reported three other recall notices that have impacted different Wrangler models for safety issues relates to the fuel pump, the fuse within the high-voltage battery and the side marker lights. Owners who want to check whether their vehicle is impacted by one of these recalls can enter their Vehicle Identification Number at the NHTSA recall’s website. According to Jeep, the Wrangler 4xe is currently America’s best-selling plug-in hybrid vehicle. It has a starting price of $56,530, and many owners bought the vehicles to take advantage of the federal $7,500 electric vehicle tax credit.
Hundreds of thousands of hybrid vehicles have been recalled over safety issues and Hybrids have been at the center of many recalls this year. A study involving data from the National Transportation Safety Board found that hybrids are involved in the vast majority of car fires, outnumbering the number of fires per 100,000 vehicles sold on record for both gasoline-powered and electric cars combined. In 2022 alone Hybrid vehicles from Ford, Kia and Volkswagen have recalled Hybrid vehicles for issues surrounding fires, engine failure and the release of fuel vapors. In many of these recalls the company has been aware of the issues for as log as five years.
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