Clutch Plate Defect Prompted Wrangler, And Gladiator Recalls

About 69,000 Wrangler SUVs from 2018 to 2023 models and Gladiator pickups from 2020 to 2023 models have been recalled. The recall is due to a faulty clutch pressure plate, which can lead to overheating clutch components, ultimately posing a fire risk.

Jeep broadened its recall program in early 2021 to encompass a broader range of model years, as the previous recall did not address vehicles produced in the same time frame.

Risks Posed By the Imperfection

This defect could lead to sudden engine stalls or even cause debris to fly out from beneath the transmission hood, posing a significant risk to the driver and passengers. Not only does this defect increase the likelihood of accidents, especially when the driver is driving at high speeds and loses control of the vehicle, but it also has the potential to affect essential systems such as braking, steering, and airbags. In such an adverse situation, the severity of the threat may increase.

Before the clutch pressure plate fails, drivers may notice a burning odor, feel clutch slippage, or see a warning light illuminate on the instrument panel behind the steering wheel.

Recalled Automobiles

Thousands of vehicles have been recalled due to the potential fire risks that could endanger drivers, passengers, or others on the road. Owners of the following models are advised to take their vehicles to an authorized dealer for repair or replacement of the defective part(s) at no cost:

  • Wrangler SUVs (models Aug 23, 2017, to Feb 16, 2023) 
  • Gladiator pickups (models Dec 21, 2018, to Feb 16, 2023)

What Should Owners Do?

As a Jeep Wrangler or Gladiator owner, it is crucial to take immediate action if you have been affected by a recent recall due to an exploding clutch plate defect. Even though no incidents have been reported, it is still crucial to take preventive measures to ensure your vehicle’s safety. Take these actions to ensure that your vehicle is safe. 

Contact your local dealership as soon as possible to schedule a repair appointment. Or visit NHTSA and enter campaign number 23V116000 for further information. Don’t delay; stay informed and up-to-date on any additional updates regarding the recall.

Actions Taken by the Manufacturer

Jeep is currently working on a solution to the problem and will notify owners as soon as it is finalized, with the assurance that the automaker will cover all expenses. Earlier this year, FCA investigators discovered more incidents of vehicle fires linked to failed clutch assemblies in models made after the 2021 recall fix. Therefore, the recall has now been expanded from 33,237 to 69,201 units. As a result, owners of previously recalled models are also eligible and can expect to receive correspondence starting on April 14.


The recall of Jeep’s Wrangler SUVs and Gladiator pickups due to the potential fire hazard is a matter of great concern that shouldn’t be ignored. It is imperative to verify if your vehicle falls within the scope of the recall and if so, adhere to all the directives to rectify the safety concern.

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