2018-2020 Jeep Wrangler JL / JLU with manual transmissions are being recalled to fix a problem with the clutch pressure plate. The recall covers manual Wranglers built between August 23, 2017 and February 13, 2020. This includes 29,818 Wranglers
This report published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says the clutch pressure plate could become overheated from friction, which could cause the pressure plate to fracture, which in turn could crack or fracture the transmission case. If that happened, heated “debris” could contact ignition sources and cause a fire. The fractured pressure plate could also cause “a loss of propulsion” or drivability, according to the NHTSA document.
There have been no accidents and one minor injury related to the problem, according to the NHTSA report. FCA will start notifying owners on April 22; in the meantime, owners can check the NHTSA recall website to see if their vehicle could be included.