Safety Alert Number 0911299


Jeep recalling over 161k 2007-2008 Wrangler AT
models due to tranny temp. sensor absence
Owners of model year 2007-2008 Jeep Wranglers with automatic transmissions may have to visit their local dealers as
Chrysler is recalling 161,450 of the SUVs over potential transmission overheating problems. According to the National
Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), Wrangler models manufactured between June 2006 and July 2008
with automatic transmissions were not fitted with a transmission fluid temperature warning system. If the AT fluid in
the affected vehicles overheats, it may boil over and come in contact with hot engine or exhaust components – possibly
leading to a fire. To help alert drivers that their Jeep's transmission is overheating, dealers will inspect and install a visual "Hot Oil"
message in the instrument cluster accompanied by an audible chime to indicate the elevated fluid temperature. The
service will be performed free of charge starting in December. For more information, owners of the affected models may
call Chrysler at 1-800-835-1403, NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236, or visit www.safercar.gov. Full press release after the jump. [Source: NHTSA]
PRESS RELEASE:
Vehicle Make / Model: JEEP / WRANGLER
Model Year(s): 2007-2008
Potential Number of Units Affected: 161,450
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V436000
Summary:
CHRYSLER IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2007 THROUGH 2008 JEEP WRANGLER MANUFACTURE
BETWEEN JUNE 2006 THROUGH JULY 2008 PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH AUTOMATIC
TRANSMISSION. THESE VEHICLES WERE NOT EQUIPPED WITH A TRANSMISSION FLUID TEMPERATURE
WARNING SYSTEM. Consequence:
FLUID COULD BOIL OVER AND MAY COME INTO CONTACT WITH A HOT ENGINE OR EXHAUST COMPONENT
AND CAUSE A FIRE. Remedy:
DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND INSTALL A "HOTOIL" MESSAGE IN THE INSTRUMENT CLUSTER AND A CHIME
INDICATING AN ELEVATED TRANSMISSION FLUID CONDITION. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN
DURING DECEMBER 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHRYSLER AT 1-800-835-1403. Notes:
CHRYSLER RECALL NO. J30. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY
ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO
HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .