The company caught the problem early, so the issue didn't affect too many of them.
Jeep is recalling 359 examples of the 2017 Jeep Wrangler in the United States for a potential fuel leak. The vehicles have production dates from November 1, 2016, to November 3, 2016.
The recalled Wranglers may have a broken control valve in the fuel tank. If the vehicle is in a rollover crash, then the fuel could leak, which is a fire hazard. The issue might also allow debris into the tank when putting in fuel or let someone overfill it.
Jeep dealers will inspect the fuel tank. If necessary, technicians will replace it and the fuel pump. The company will start the campaign on January 2, 2017.
Jeep learned about this problem on November 3 when supplier, Kautex Textron, notified the company about the cracked or broken fuel tank control valves. The automaker immediately held examples at the factory that potentially had the faulty parts. Research showed that 448 vehicles had the bad components, but not all of these were in customer hands yet.
Jeep also recalled 182,308 examples of the 2016 and 2017 Wrangler in October for an issue with the front impact sensor. In those vehicles, the company found that certain crashes could disconnect the part for signaling the occupant restraint controller. The problem potentially caused the front airbags and seatbelt pre-tensioners not to work.
The company recalled about 400,000 units of the 2007-2010 Wrangler in May for another airbag issue. Excessive exposure to dirt and dust like from extensive off-roading or driving with the top down damaged a clockspring for the airbag in the steering wheel. As a repair, dealers installed a new back cover for the steering wheel and a shroud on the steering column.
A new generation of Wrangler arrives for the 2018 model year. Weight should drop by incorporating an aluminum hood and doors, and the styling includes LED running lights in the fenders. Customers should eventually be able to choose among an updated V6, turbocharged four-cylinder, and a diesel.