Auburn Hills, MI – April 29, 2023 – Stellantis (NYSE:STLA), which owns the Jeep and RAM brands, is recalling 45,711 SUVs and pickup trucks because they may lose power while driving due to a faulty fuel pump. This ups the risk of a crash and injury.
This recall seems to be an expansion of one conducted in November for the same issue and comes on the back of multiple customer complaints and warranty claims.
The list of the affected models includes:
- 2021 – 2023 Jeep Gladiator
- 2021 – 2023 Jeep Wrangler
- 2022 – 2023 RAM 1500
All listed vehicles have a 3.0-liter diesel engine with a high-pressure fuel pump (HPFP). Its job is to collect fuel from the tank, compress it and deliver it to the engine, where it is used for combustion that moves the vehicle forward.
Just like in the previous recall, the pump may break apart, sending debris into the fuel system and clogging it. This can prevent fuel flow to the engine, causing the vehicle to stall.
The component behind the recall is the HPFP with part number 68501449AA.
Besides the Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) or the “Service Electronic Throttle” warnings on the dashboard, drivers may pick up on the “excessive noise” from the engine bay or notice a fuel leak around the high-pressure pump.
Background of the recall
This recall appears to expand on one done in November of last year due to the same issue. It is not clear what led to the expansion but the current recall includes additional model-years and comes on the back of “seven customer assistance records, 126 warranty claims, eight field reports and three other service records.” No accidents or injuries have been reported.
Other Jeep Wrangler recalls
The Jeep Gladiator and Wrangler model-years affected by this recall may also be part of a a different recall caused by the transmission that may overheat and cause the vehicle to catch fire.
Among other Chrysler recalls, the one from March this year caused by detaching rear spoilers is the most recent, as reported.
Dealers will replace the high-pressure fuel pump with an upgraded one. They will inspect the rest of the fuel delivery system and replace as needed. Everything will be done free of charge.
Owners should receive letters with more information on or before June 2, 2023.
Is your vehicle a part of this recall?
More than 45,000 trucks and SUVs are affected by this high-pressure fuel recall. To do a Jeep recall check and see if yours is one of them, please use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool. You can do the same to do a RAM recall check.