Jeep Wrangler Recall Issued Over Risk of Fuel Tank Puncture

The recalled Jeep Wranglers were manufactured with an unnecessary stud which could puncture the fuel tanks, creating a vehicle fire risk

Nearly 60,000 Jeep Wrangler vehicles are being recalled, due to a manufacturing defect that may cause the fuel tank to puncture in the event of an auto accident, increasing the risk of vehicle fires and injuries.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced the Jeep Wrangler recall on March 27, indicating that certain vehicles may be equipped with an unnecessary stud on the vehicle’s frame assembly, that would damage the fuel tank in a crash.

While no accidents or injuries have been reported in relation to the recall, officials warn that a fuel leak can result in a vehicle fire in the presence of any source of ignition, posing a serious injury risk for occupants and anyone in proximity of the vehicle.

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Chrysler initially became aware of the additional frame studs in June of 2022, after the report of one assembly plant revealed some of the vehicle frames contained the unnecessary part that could jeopardize the fuel tank. After further investigation, the automakers determined to issue a voluntary safety recall.

The recall impacts approximately 57,885 model year 2020 through 2023 Jeep Wrangler vehicles manufactured from October 16, 2019 through May 14, 2022.

Chrysler anticipates notification letters will be mailed to owners of the affected vehicles on May 12, 2023. Licensed Jeep dealers will provide a free vehicle inspection, frame stud removal and paint application, if necessary. Owners who have already repaired their affected vehicles can send their receipts or other proof of purchases to FCA US for full reimbursement.

For more information, consumers can contact FCA US, LLC customer service at 1-800-853-1403 and reference recall number 28A. They can also contact the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or visit www.nhtsa.gov.

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