Engine Shuts Off While Driving

Engine Shuts Off While Driving

2021 Jeep Wrangler 4Xe

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If you own a 2021 through 2023 Jeep Wrangler 4XE, you might want to take it to the dealer as soon as possible. A recall has been issued by Jeep and the NHTSA over a software issue that can cause the engine to suddenly shut off while driving. The issue, clearly, could result in a crash, two of which have already happened.

As first reported by CarScoops, the issue affects Wrangle 4XE models made between September 2nd, 2020 and August 17th, 2022. According to the bulletin, a software issue can cause a loss of communication between the diagnostic system and the engine, which can lead the engine to shut down. And if the engine just randomly shuts off while you’re driving, you could potentially crash.

The number of vehicles affected has been growing — at the moment, NHTSA says 62,909 Wranglers are covered by the recall — and Stellantis is aware of the situation. The company has taken in 65 field reports, 112 customer assistance records, and 196 warranty claims related to the recall. Sadly, two accidents and one injury have been reported as a result of the issue.

The recall fix involves updating the engine management and diagnostic software on the affected vehicles. The automaker says updated software in the transmission control processor and the systems controlling the plug-in hybrid battery system will ensure that no more unintentional engine shut-offs will occur.

This isn’t the first issue the Wrangler 4XE has had since its introduction in late 2021. Including the engine power loss recall, the plug-in hybrid off-roader currently has 3 open recalls including fuel pump failure, inoperative side marker lights, and unsecured fuses inside the high-voltage battery. I’ve reached out to Stellantis/Jeep for more information and will update this post if the automaker replies.

Update: Stellantis issued the following statement, which echoes information from earlier. It gives more details regarding the issue as well as the exact number of vehicles affected:

Stellantis is recalling an estimated 62,910 U.S.-market vehicles to update their engine-control software.

A routine review of customer feedback led to a Company investigation that discovered a certain population of vehicles may be equipped with software linked to stalling, a condition that could lead to accidents or injury. The Company is aware of one potentially related injury and two such accidents.

Affected customers will be advised next month when they may schedule service, free of charge, from dealers. Notification recipients are urged to follow the instructions therein. Customers with questions in the interim may call 1-800-853-1403.

The recall is limited to model-year 2021-23 Jeep Wrangler 4xe SUVs produced before Aug. 18, 2022. The campaign also affects vehicles in Canada (est. 7,254) and certain markets outside North America (est. 16,752).