It's been some time since we've heard anything about fires related to the Jeep Wrangler (foreign or domestic), but it sounds like the go-anywhere SUV could be in hot water once again in China. Bloomberg is reporting that the Chinese government is ordering Jeep to investigate the matter and, in the meantime, also recommending Wrangler owners to not drive their vehicles in "extreme conditions" due to a "relatively high risk" of catching on fire.

There is no indication as to how many vehicles or which model years are affected, but the previous fire problems in both the US and China – which led to investigations but no recalls – were traced back to automatic transmission fluid leaks. The article, however, does not say what the potential problem is this time around as Jeep has not released a comment on the matter. The official notice, in Chinese, can be found here.


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      Jeremy Pennini
      • 11 Months Ago
      It's a known issue with the 4-speed automatic. Engage Four Wheel / Low then drive for a while above idle. It overheats the transmission fluid, and boils out the breather valve on to the exhaust.
      Jake
      • 11 Months Ago
      Is the problem that the vehicle is not likely enough to catch on fire or what?
      pjtocci
      • 11 Months Ago
      I have that same Wrangler. 2012 Cosmos Blue 2door S package. LOVE it
      kagroyalo
      • 11 Months Ago
      How about Jeep investigates this issue when the Chinese investigate the issue of their items they send to the USA being covered in lead based paint
      Ez-Car
      • 11 Months Ago
      Oh boy, China is getting serious about vehicle safety. --Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaa
      RamSport
      • 11 Months Ago
      Because vehicles made in China are so safe!!!
      RetrogradE
      • 11 Months Ago
      This article should read: "Jeep not good enough [even] for the Chinese to copy." xoxox
      bullitt2605
      • 11 Months Ago
      recommending Wrangler owners to not drive their vehicles in "extreme conditions" The most extreme conditions most see are at the local mall so it shouldn't affect to many.
      Susan
      • 11 Months Ago
      Automatic transmission? Did I read that correctly? People buy a Wrangler with automatic?
      Pat
      • 11 Months Ago
      The article states that there hasn't been a recall for the leaking power steering fluid issue ... I beg to differ! I have a recall notice from Chrysler Canada sitting on my desk 'Saftey Recall N28 - Transmission Oil Cooler Lube" It reads "Chrysler has decided that a defect ... exists in some 2012 and 2013 model year Jeep Wrangler vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission". Which reminds me, I should make an appointment.
      Bill Burke
      • 11 Months Ago
      This whole recall side show is just a negotiation ploy by China in the ongoing business discussions over the new manufacturing facility for Jeep in China. The Chinese are looking to land the best deal possible, since the Jeep brand is so ripe for massive sales in China and billions in profits are at stake. Does anyone really think this recall is about leaky transmissions? Follow the money trail for your answer.
      sirjaysmith
      • 11 Months Ago
      Definitely an agenda behind this one. Previously it was known the 42RLE is prone to overheating and causing fires, being a lovechild of the old daimler days, that design is long gone, so what the hek is up china's rearend this time? its not catching on fire enough now?
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