The Jeep Wrangler is off the market in China, if only temporarily.
Citing a potential fire risk, China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine suspended imports of the compact Jeep SUV, pending a solution to a problem that neither Chrysler nor the U.S. Department of Transportation have yet to acknowledge.
A Chinese investigation reportedly uncovered problems with the Wrangler’s automatic transmission that could potentially result in a vehicle fire under certain driving conditions. A quick scan of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) database reveals a handful of complaints related to transmission overheating (including one with an associated fire) in 2010 Jeep Wranglers, but the complaints have not been sufficient to trigger an NHTSA investigation or product recall.
At this moment, the single recall affecting Jeep Wranglers in both the United States and China involves improperly torqued steering assembly bolts, which could lead to noise and vibration when the vehicle is driven. This particular recall impacts 20,459 Jeep Wranglers in the United States, but only 464 in China.