Jeep Wrangler 4xe Fire Hazard Lawsuit Unveiled

Jeep Wrangler 4xe Fire Hazard Lawsuit Unveiled

2021 to 2023 Jeep Wrangler 4xe owners have found themselves grappling with a troubling safety hazard. An alleged defect within the vehicle’s lithium-ion battery, has resulted in a scenario where these vehicles are susceptible to catching fire.

According to the lawsuit, 2021 to 2023 Jeep Wrangler 4xe’s can become fire hazards even when turned off and parked.

As one can imagine, a collective outcry has emerged, culminating in a lawsuit involving numerous plaintiffs from various states.

The lawsuit seeks damages and a remedy for the defect under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, state consumer protection acts, breaches of implied warranties, and unjust enrichment.

Key Takeaways

  • Owners allege that 2021 to 2023 Jeep Wrangler 4xe vehicles are a fire hazard.
  • Owners are facing a significant safety risk due to a defect with it’s lithium-ion battery, causing the vehicles to catch fire.
  • Owners suffer financially from the inability to use vehicles as intended and incur ongoing fuel costs without hybrid drivetrain benefits.
  • Symptoms include vehicle fires and explosions linked to the high-voltage lithium-ion battery packs.
  • The lawsuit involves several plaintiffs across multiple states, highlighting widespread concern and impact.

In this article, we delve into the intricacies of the alleged Jeep Wrangler 4xe fire hazard lawsuit. We’ll uncover what every Jeep 4xe owner should know about the lawsuit.

Jeep Wrangler 4xe Fire Hazard Explained

At the core of the Wrangler 4xe defect is the high-voltage lithium-ion battery packs associated with the vehicles’ hybrid propulsion system.

Wrangler 4xe high-voltage lithium-ion battery packs

These lithium-ion batteries have been linked to a significant risk of fires and explosions. In fact, this risk is present even when the vehicles are parked and turned off.

According to the complaint, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA USA) has admitted to receiving reports that this issue has led to eight reported incidents. Each incident of a 4xe caught fire while parked and turned off.

However, FCA’s response to this defect has been criticized as inadequate. The auto maker only advising owners to avoid charging their vehicles.

Additionally, FCA advised owners to park the vehicles away from structures and other vehicles. Currently, the auto manufacturer has not yet offered a permanent solution.

Financial Impact on Consumers

Fact is, the main reason people buy hybrid vehicles is to save on fuel costs. But this defect takes away those benefits.

Not to mention it also makes the Wrangler 4xe less valuable because they can’t function as advertised.

As a result, owners are stuck with higher costs and a Jeep that doesn’t meet their needs.

Truth is, the lack of a functional electric propulsion system negates the primary reason consumers chose these hybrid Jeep vehicles.

Symptoms Jeep 4xe Owners Should Watch For

Jeep Wrangler 4xe owners should watch for the following symptoms:

  • Unusual popping noises from the battery area
  • Warning lights on the dashboard related to the battery system
  • Unexpected loss of EV functionality
  • Signs of overheating

Analysis of Battery Issues in Jeep Wrangler 4xe Models

The core issue plaguing the Jeep Wrangler 4xe models from 2021 to 2023 stems from the high-voltage lithium-ion battery packs.

Lithium-ion batteries, like those used in the Jeep Wrangler 4xe, consist of multiple cells with positive and negative electrodes and an electrolyte facilitating the flow of lithium ions.

These ions move between electrodes during charging and discharging, producing electricity.

To store sufficient energy for automotive use, these cells are grouped into modules and packs, integrated with control systems to form the vehicle’s complete battery system.

Each module contains an array of cells along with sensors, controls, communications capabilities, protective safety devices, and cooling elements.

Jeep Wrangler 4xe Failure Mechanisms and Safety Risks

The defect primarily involves thermal runaway, a condition where a lithium-ion cell enters an uncontrollable self-heating state leading to fires or explosions.

This can occur if a cell short-circuits, causing the electrolyte to combust and pressure within the cell to rapidly increase until it bursts. This results in releasing flammable and toxic gases.

The temperature of the ruptured cell can soar above 1832 degrees Fahrenheit (1000 degrees Celsius), significantly heightens the risk of a fire.

In fact, the complaint document outlines that such catastrophic failures typically result from internal cell failures, which may be attributed to manufacturing defects.

However, despite lithium-ion batteries’ advantages, the risks of spontaneous combustion and thermal runaway have been well-documented.

According to the complaint, FCA failed to implement adequate safety measures and testing protocols to prevent these incidents.

Owners Voices

High voltage battery safety recall is unavailable because parts are not available. I was told to call back in a few week. Recall states not to plug in or park in garage or near other vehicles. This poses a serious risk to myself and others and should be repaired immediately or the entire vehicle needs recalled and replaced. I am terrified to be near or even use my vehicle now. It is my only transportation. I am now forced to spend more financially to purchase gas and am unable to economically use the vehicle I purchased. I feel it need repaired immediately or replaced to prevent injury to myself or others.

NHTSA Complaint: 11577234

It has been about 4 months now, and Stalantis/Jeep still is unable to fix the issue. This means that for 4 months, I’m unable to use the vehicle for its intended purpose.

NHTSA Complaint: 11573754

The dealership is telling me I need to take the vehicle even though they cannot fix the recall. This is a liability to society and myself. Peoples lives are at risk. There is a fire risk recall pn the HV battery

NHTSA Complaint: 11559553

Jeep Wrangler 4xe Models Affected

The following models are affected by the lithium-ion battery defect.

What Owners of the Vehicles Should Do:

Owners of affected Jeep Wrangler 4xe models should immediately follow the advice issued by FCA. This includes:

  • avoiding charging their vehicles
  • parking away from structures and other vehicles

Additionally, owners are encouraged to contact their dealers for further guidance and to stay informed about any recalls or remedies offered by FCA. .

Status of the Jeep Wrangler 4xe Fire Hazard Class Action Litigation

Frisch, et al. v. FCA USA LLC, Case No. 2:24-cv-10546-SJM-KGA, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan Southern Division.

Filed by the law firms of: The Miller Law Firm PC, Lieff Cabraser Heimann and Bernstein LLP, Slack Davis Sanger LLP, Lockridge Grindal Nauen PLLP

Questions About This Lawsuit?

MyCarVoice.com is not counsel or the settlement administrator in this class action lawsuit. Our goal is to inform owners of these vehicles of the recent lawsuit. However, this post will be updated when/if new suit information is released.

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Final Thoughts

In light of the safety concerns surrounding the 2021 to 2023 Jeep Wrangler 4xe, it’s clear that owners are facing a serious issue with potential fire hazards.

The lawsuit involving multiple plaintiffs highlights the urgency of addressing these concerns and holding manufacturers accountable.

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