Stellantis (FCA US, LLC) has recalled certain 2022 Jeep® Gladiator (JT) models, due to them being fitted with a transmission with an improperly crimped parking wheel. An improperly crimped parking wheel could become loose and move towards the rear of the transmission housing and potentially compromise the engagement with the parking pawl.
Compromised engagement of the parking wheel to the parking pawl could result in a loss of park position which may result in inadvertent vehicle movement, which could cause a vehicle crash without prior warning. Drivers may notice a Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC), drive quality change, and/or noise, leading up to an issue.
The issue is associated with the 8HP75 automatic transmission, found on units with the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6. The transmission is designed and manufactured by ZF Friedrichshafen. So far, only 11 units were issued in the recall.
According to the recall, the suspect period began on June 29th, 2022, when certain vehicles received suspect transmissions, and ended on July 6th, 2022, when the suspect transmissions were quarantined. The suspect period was determined using supplier traceability and vehicle production records. Similar vehicles not included in the recall either did not receive the suspect transmissions or were repaired prior to release from the plant.
- On July 19th, 2022, the FCA US, LLC (“FCA US”) Technical Safety and Regulatory Compliance (“TSRC”) the organization opened an investigation into 2022 MY Jeep Gladiator vehicles based on information from the vehicle assembly plant regarding suspect transmissions.
- During July 2022, FCA US TSRC reviewed traceability records and met with FCA US manufacturing and determined certain Jeep Gladiator vehicles may have been released from the assembly plant with suspect transmissions.
- As of August 4th, 2022, FCA US has identified zero customer assistance records, zero warranty claims, and zero field reports potentially related to this issue for all markets.
- As of August 4th, 2022, FCA US is not aware of any accidents or injuries potentially related to this issue for all markets.
- On August 19th, 2022, FCA US determined, through the Vehicle Regulations Committee, to conduct a voluntary safety recall of the affected vehicles.
The remedy component is a transmission that has a correctly crimped parking wheel. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed in mid-October. Owners may contact FCA US, LLC customer service at 1-800-853-1403. FCA US’s number for this recall is Z84.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.nhtsa.gov.