Jeep Recalls Renegade Over Tow Hitch Failure Fears

The 2015 Jeep Renegade is small – think Kia Soul, Nissan Juke or Buick Encore; but unlike its competitors the Renegade boasts true off-road capability (4x4 with locking) and towing ability (up to 907 kg/2000 lb) while still delivering the style and comfort that most buyers in this segment are looking for.

Jeep has recalled some compact Renegade crossovers sold as 2015 and 2016 models to fix factory-installed trailer hitches that could fall off the vehicle.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), Jeep’s parent company, says the optional hitches may not have been properly attached to the vehicle during installation and could consequently fall off. Naturally, that risk is higher when the vehicle is towing a trailer, and it’s not hard to imagine how badly things could turn out if whatever you’re hauling behind you goes its own way.

FCA says its dealers will inspect the 1,034 hitch-equipped Renegades and install any missing fasteners to the trailer hitch assembly.

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Chris Chase

Chris Chase

As a child, Chris spent much of his time playing with toy cars in his parents’ basement; when his mother would tell him to go play outside, he made car sounds while riding his bicycle or dug roads for his toys in the flower garden. Now he gets to indulge his obsession playing with real cars that make their own cool noises, and gets paid for it.