Fuel Tank Leak Possibility Causes 2017 Jeep Wrangler Recall
What is going on at Jeep? Why is it that this Fiat Chrysler Autos subsidiary seems to be constantly in the news primarily for recalls? Take the popular Wrangler SUV, for example. Since 2007, research shows that more than 2 million Wranglers have been recalled for safety defects. There was no clear pattern as to the issues that caused the number of recalls, but, nevertheless, they occurred.
Most recently, the automaker recalled 359 brand-new Jeep Wranglers – most still at dealers — for a potential fuel leak due to a potentially broken control valve in the fuel tank. If the SUV is involved in a rollover crash fuel could leak presenting a fire hazard. The problem could also allow the introduction of debris into the tank, when gassing up, letting it overfill. The vehicles were produced from Nov. 1 to 3, 2016. Dealers will inspect the fuel tank and, if necessary, will replace the tank and fuel pump starting Jan. 2, 2017.
According to motor1.com, early notification of the problem limited it to 448 vehicles. Of that number, about 90 were sold, and the rest apparently remained with dealers or at the factory. The automaker was notified of the problem by its supplier, Kautex Textron. After the notification, the automaker kept examples at the factory that had the bad parts. This was the smallest of the 15 recalls examined.
Two recent recalls showed that 182,308 2016-17 Wranglers were called back for a front impact sensor issue. The problem turns off the front seat occupant restraint controller potentially disabling the front airbags and seatbelt pre-tensioners. Earlier this year, 400,000 Wranglers were recalled for another airbag issue where dirt and dust from offroading or driving top-down may damage the steering wheel airbag clockspring. The fix is a new back cover for the steering wheel and a shroud for the steering column.
Perhaps the new generation Wrangler, slated to arrive in 2018, will alleviate many earlier problems. Weight should be down because the automaker has used an aluminum hood and doors. Styling changes, such as LED running lights in the fenders, and more could signal more reliability. Two new engines, a turbo four and a diesel, are also slated.
Interestingly, the Grand Cherokee racked up the highest number of vehicles recalled Jeep with more than 5 million copies called back since 2007. The recalls ranged from software problems to transmission glitches. The tranny glitch, also a software problem, killed Anton Yelchin, 27, star of the “Star Trek” movie franchise. His Grand Cherokee rolled backward catching him between a fence and the vehicle. The glitch causes his vehicle to be in gear when he exited it. Another Grand Cherokee problem allowed 1.4 million vehicles to be hackable and caused their recall.
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