Jeep Recalls 2021 Cherokee for Fire Risk

Over 18,000 Jeeps are being recalled to fix a faulty hose that could cause a fire

2021 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Photo: Stellantis

Jeep is recalling 18,800 Jeep Cherokee SUVs from the 2021 model year because faulty hoses could leak combustible transmission fluid. If the fluid comes in contact with an ignition source, it could cause a fire.

Due to an issue at a supplier’s factory, the rubber transmission oil cooler hoses were not cured properly and may rupture. Jeep dealerships will replace the faulty hoses free of charge.

In a statement provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the automaker says that it is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to this recall, but that there have been 171 reports of vehicle problems that may have to do with the faulty hoses. Those issues were determined through customer complaints, field reports, and warranty claims.

The Details

Vehicles recalled: 18,800 Jeep Cherokee SUVs manufactured between Jan. 19, 2021 and March 8, 2021.

The problem: Improperly cured hoses may rupture prematurely, leaking combustible transmission fluid in the engine compartment. If the fluid contacts an ignition source, it may start a fire.

The fix: Jeep dealerships will replace the faulty hoses, free of charge.

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners may contact Jeep customer service at 800-853-1403.

NHTSA campaign number: 21V310

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Keith Barry

Despite my love for quirky, old European sedans like the Renault Medallion, it's my passion to help others find a safe, reliable car that still puts a smile on their face—even if they're stuck in traffic. When I'm not behind the wheel or the keyboard, you can find me exploring a new city on foot or planning my next trip.