Jeep is recalling certain 2018-2020 Jeep Wrangler SUVs and 2020 Jeep Gladiator pickup trucks equipped with manual transmissions because they may overheat and pose an increased fire risk.

The concern is that the clutch pressure plate (the mechanism that transfers engine torque to the transmission) may overheat due to friction and cause the transmission case to crack.

If the case fractures, there's a risk that heated debris could contact ignition sources on the vehicle and start a fire. And a damaged pressure plate could lead to a loss of propulsion and create road debris.

The driver may smell a burnt clutch or the clutch pedal may move farther than usual before the pressure plate breaks.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, which owns the Jeep brand, is still developing a repair procedure, but documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that the fix will include a new pressure plate. Owners will be notified about the recall in late April.  

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