In one of the most bizarre recalls to date, 2021 Jeep Wrangler PHEVs may not display mileage on their odometer after reaching 13,342 miles. It’s not an Easter egg, and it only affects 2,903 Jeeps. The problem is a software issue, but Chrysler was provide more details on this most amusing of recalls. Just 2,903 cars in the US are affected; no word yet on whether metric cars were also afflicted, though they would stop at 21,473 km. Or maybe it’s just the word 13,342, which in leetspeak means, um, LEEAZ or IEEAR… never mind.
In any case, the Jeeps with the bad gauge software were built from September 8, 2020 through September 13, 2021, and the solution is, unsurprisingly, a software upgrade, except that they can’t do that if you’ve already put on more than 13,342 miles, so you will get a new instrument panel gauge cluster instead. If your Jeep has fewer than 13,342 miles, take it in for the upgrade so they don’t need to open your dashboard. (Once you pass 13,342, two hyphens appear instead of the mileage.)
Moving on to somewhat less silly recalls, around 37,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Ls with smart lighting modules may end up with one or both headlights failing to go on; the solution is a software update. Only 1% of the vehicles in the recall actually has the problem, ironically caused by an incomplete software update. The suspect period was from December 3, 2020 through July 27, 2021.