Jeep Recalls 2018 Model Year Grand Cherokee Trackhawk SUVs

Fiat Chrysler’s popular Jeep line offer drivers the ability to handle on road and off road terrain.

As such, consumers expect these vehicles to perform as advertised, however, a variety of defects and glitches have led to numerous recalls. The most recent event involves the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.

Touted as the most powerful sport utility vehicle ever, Jeep recently announced the recall of approximately 1,200 model-year 2018 Trackhawk SUVs equipped with a 6.2-liter supercharged engine. The affected vehicles were manufactured between October 10 and December 10, 2017.

Trackhawk Fuel Line Separation

The problem lies with the fuel line, which may separate. This could cause the engine to stall, increasing the risk of a crash. Additionally, a fuel-line separation increases the risk of an engine-compartment fire and injury.

Fiat Chrysler’s U.S office investigated the matter after the supplier and automaker analyzed two failed engine lines in December 2017 and reported their findings to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). According to the NHTSA’s recall report, the supplier found that a sensor was misaligned on an insertion machine that assembled the failed parts.

Although Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) did not say under what conditions the fuel line may separate, when it does the Trackhawk stalls or a fire starts in the engine compartment. FCA was quick to point out, however, that the fuel line connection for the Trackhawk is different from other engines available for the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

FCA will begin notifying Jeep Trackhawk customers on March 2, 2018. Dealers have been instructed to inspect the fuel lines and replace them as necessary. It is worth noting that this is not the first time Jeep has experienced problems with the Grand Cherokee.

A History of Jeep Grand Cherokee Problems

In April 2016, Jeep recalled 1.1 million Grand Cherokee vehicles after reports of rolling when the electronic transmission is improperly used. The transmissions returned to a neutral position and drivers needed to manually shift to park. Although a chime was designed to alert drivers that the vehicle was not in park, the chime could not be heard when the engine was running. Numerous complaints and injuries were reported to the NHTSA.

The Takeaway

If you own or lease a Jeep that has been in for multiple repairs or out of service for an extended period of time, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Timothy Abeel & Associates, P.C. is one of the premier consumer law firms. We are highly experienced in pursuing claims under the applicable state Lemon Laws and federal warranty law. Our legal team routinely represents Jeep customers of all types of models including the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Jeep Renegade. Contact our office to set up a consultation.

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