The Jeep Patriot has been a steady-selling model throughout its model years of 2007 to 2017. When production ceased, and the remaining models trickled off the showroom floors, a total of 1,835,834 Patriots had been sold worldwide, 733,682 of them in the US.
While it’s been a steady seller, the Patriot isn’t considered anything special by most people. Indeed, words such as “acceptable,” “mediocre,” and “just about capable” are often found on reviews.
As you probably know, the Jeep brand is owned by Chrysler (as are Dodge, Ram, Mopar, and SRT). Although Chrysler has gone through many different names over the years, it’s currently known as FCA US LLC, reflecting a merger with Fiat. Because of this, you’ll see Chrysler references almost as often as Jeep in this article.
As with all cars, there have been a number of recalls over its 10 years of production. In this article, I’ll be listing the main ones, both present and historical. As you read through, it’s worth having your 4×4 vehicle details to hand so you know if your Jeep Patriot is affected.
It might be worth getting the following details:
- Model Year (2007 to 2017)
- Engine size (either 2.0, 2.2 or 2.4 litres)
- Transmission and drivetrain
If you notice a recall that might have affected your car – and you’re unsure whether or not it was rectified – you should note down the following before contacting Chrysler.
- Fuel type (gasoline or diesel)
- Trim level
You might also find the information in your vehicle handbook or service history, so it’s worth checking there, too. You might save yourself some time.
With that being said, let’s get into it.
General Overview of the Jeep Patriot
As mentioned in the introduction, the Jeep Patriot is a decent car, but not much more than that. Other than a couple of design tweaks, it remained pretty much unchanged for its ten or eleven years on sale.
In the US, you could get the Patriot in either four-wheel-drive or front-wheel-drive. When it came to engines, you had a choice between a 2.0 or 2.4-liter Inline-4 gasoline engine. The 2.4-liter model kicked out 172 bhp of power and 165 lb-ft of torque.
Although the vehicle setup varied slightly across the world, the car itself was broadly the same. For example, in the EU, all Patriots were fitted with a four-wheel-drive system tuned slightly differently to the US version.
Three trim levels were available:
These different trims changed slightly from Model Year to Model Year but remained essentially similar in relation to each other.
Manufactured in Illinois alongside the Compass, both models were replaced by the second generation Compass (MY 2017).
Jeep Patriot Recalls (Present and Historic)
Of course, it’s now getting towards the latter end of 2021, five years since Patriot production stopped. There hasn’t been an official recall since 2017. As such, you might consider all these Jeep Patriot recalls to be historic.
See the list of recalls below, starting with the most recent and working backward.
Note that some recalls affect previous model years rather than the MY the recall was released in. For example, you’ll notice that the first recall in this list, released in December 2017, relates to MY 2011 Patriots.
- 2011 Jeep Patriot Fire Extinguisher Recall
- 2016 Jeep Patriot Crankshaft and Camshaft Sensor Recall
- 2010-2014 Jeep Patriot Airbag Recall
- 2015 Jeep Patriot Power Steering Hose Clamp Recall
- 2014 Jeep Patriot Oil Pressure Loss Recall
- 2008-2012 Jeep Patriot Seatbelt Pre-Tensioners/Side Airbags Recall
- 2012 Jeep Patriot Fuel Tank Transfer Tube Recall
- 2012 Jeep Patriot Fuel Tank Valve Recall
- 2011 Jeep Patriot Steering Column Recall
- 2009 Jeep Patriot PCM Circuit Board Recall
2011 Jeep Patriot Fire Extinguisher Recall
- NHTSA Recall ID: 17V824000
- Chrysler Recall ID: T82
- Kidde Recall ID: 17E-062
- Recall document
On 21 December 2017, Chrysler issued a recall to all vehicles fitted with a roadside safety kit, including a Kidde Plastic-Handle or Push Button (known as a ‘Pindicator’) fire extinguisher. This includes a few specific 2011 Jeep Patriot models (manufactured on 3 May 2011).
On some occasions, the fire extinguisher could become clogged and would therefore require excessive force to operate. Also, the nozzle could detach from the valve assembly and render the extinguisher inoperable or cause injury or damage.
This recall was issued by comparing the affected Kidde fire extinguisher part numbers with the Mopar and Chrysler (FCA US) records of the roadside emergency kits containing them.
To act on this, customers should call either Chrysler (1-800-853-1403) or Kidde customer service (1-855-262-3540) toll-free to get a free replacement extinguisher. Alternatively, you could go to Kidde’s website and check the product alerts. A direct link to the fire extinguisher recall is provided here.
2016 Jeep Patriot Crankshaft and Camshaft Sensor Recall
- NHTSA Recall ID: 16V907000
- Chrysler Recall ID: S89
- Defect Notice Report
In December 2016, Chrysler issued recall number S89 to 42,231 customers with a Jeep Patriot (among other vehicles) manufactured between 9 May 2016 and 15 July 2016.
This recall relates to a potential issue that leads to the crankshaft and camshaft sensors only working intermittently. These sensors are vital for detecting your engine speed and matching this up with fuel injection and coil firing. It can lead to your engine stalling if they stop working. If your engine stalls while you’re driving, it could very easily lead to a severe incident.
Click here for more information on crankshaft and camshaft sensors.
The crankshaft sensor and camshaft sensor both need the electrical connector and terminals replacing. The affected part number is the CSEGS891AA Wiring Kit. For in-depth information on the recall and replacement process, check out this NHTSA Recall Notification document.
Customers should call Chrysler customer service on 1-800-853-1403 for more details.
2010-2014 Jeep Patriot Airbag Recall
- NHTSA Recall ID: 16V668000
- Chrysler Recall ID: S61
- Chrysler Statement
The 2010 to 2014 Jeep Patriot is one of a few models affected by recall S61. The Occupant Restraint Control module could short-circuit, meaning the frontal airbags, seat belt tensioners, and side airbags won’t deploy in a crash.
Airbags are a crucial safety mechanism in all cars and should always be primed when driving. If an airbag didn’t go off during a crash, the vehicle’s occupants would be far more susceptible to serious injury. In Chrysler’s statement (link above), they stated that they were “aware of three fatalities and five injuries that may potentially be related to this condition.”
If you had an affected model, Chrysler should have contacted you. 1,435,625 cars needed recalling in total. To get the (serious) problem fixed, you were to take the vehicle into a dealership for a free Occupant Restraint Control module replacement.
If your vehicle may be affected, call Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403.
2015 Jeep Patriot Power Steering Hose Clamp Recall
- NHTSA Recall ID: 15V878000
- Chrysler Recall ID: R68
- Defect Notice Report
- Vehicles affected: 60,140
The R68 recall affects Jeep Patriot models produced between 1 January 2015 and 11 May 2015. The power steering hose clamp may have been incorrectly positioned during the production process. This could lead to the low-pressure return hose detaching, leaking power steering fluid.
A power steering fluid leak is dangerous because:
- The driver will lose all hydraulically-assisted power steering, making turning substantially more difficult and reducing car control.
- Power steering fluid is flammable, and a leak into the engine bay could cause a fire.
Recall R68 was announced in December 2015. See the instructions for dealers here.
If you owned or own an affected car, Chrysler should have been in touch to remedy the situation. If in doubt, contact Chrysler on 1-800-853-1403, quoting the recall number and with your vehicle details to hand.
2014 Jeep Patriot Oil Pressure Loss Recall
- NHTSA Recall ID: 13V552000
- Chrysler Recall ID: N52
- Recall letter
Announced towards the end of 2013 (November), recall N52 relates to the balance shaft bearings in specific 2.4-liter-engine models.
Abrasive debris in the balance shaft bearings could cause a loss of oil pressure. When this happens, the engine no longer has sufficient lubrication, potentially leading to it stalling or seizing. This could lead to an accident if it happens while moving.
To remedy this, Chrysler dealers will replace the engine balance shaft module at no cost to you. Contact Chrysler on 1-800-247-9753.
2008-2012 Jeep Patriot Seatbelt Pre-Tensioners/Side Airbags Recall
- NHTSA Recall ID: 13V233000
- Chrysler Recall ID: N01
- Defect Notice
In 2013, Jeep announced a recall for 254,396 Jeep Compass and Patriot models produced between 6 May 2008 and 20 July 2012. Vehicles affected by recall N01 have a software error.
This software error means side airbag and/or seatbelt pre-tensioner deployment are either delayed or don’t happen at all during a crash. Clearly, this is a major safety issue for the vehicle occupants and leaves them at a significantly higher risk of injury.
Chrysler notified owners of the issue at the time, and dealers corrected the problem for free. If you’re unsure whether your vehicle was affected or not, you can call Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753.
2012 Jeep Patriot Fuel Tank Transfer Tube Recall
- NHTSA Recall ID: 13V120000
- Chrysler Recall ID: N17
- Defect Notice
On certain MY 2012 Jeep Patriots, the fuel tank transfer tube was incorrectly manufactured. Because of this, fuel wouldn’t properly transfer from the secondary side to the primary side, disrupting the car’s fuel flow. As the gasoline doesn’t reach the combustion chambers in the engine, it will cause the engine to stall.
If you stall while driving, you’ll lose all engine braking and car control, making a crash very likely.
This recall affects Jeep Patriot models produced between 18 October 2011 and 7 May 2012. Specifically, it relates to those with the 2.4-liter engine and four-wheel-drive.
To address this issue, Chrysler sent a letter to affected owners on 30 May 2013, a copy of which can be read here. Dealers would replace the fuel tank transfer tube for free, a job that takes about an hour and a half. Get in touch with Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403 if you have any concerns.
2012 Jeep Patriot Fuel Tank Valve Recall
1,689 Jeep Patriot models manufactured between 17 December 2011 and 2 January 2012 may have been fitted with a faulty rollover valve. A helium leak test at the Kautex plant in Windsor, Ontario, affected these rollover valves- or ROVs. Kautex is an OEM parts supplier for Chrysler.
The rollover valve closes if the car rolls during an accident. This action prevents the fuel from leaking and spilling all over the vehicle, which would present an enormous fire hazard.
As a result, Chrysler issued a recall and would replace the entire fuel tank assembly free of charge.
Customers can contact Chrysler about this issue at 1-800-853-1403.
2011 Jeep Patriot Steering Column Recall
- NHTSA Recall ID: 11V315000
- Chrysler Recall ID: L23
- Defect Notice
Affecting 11,096 vehicles in total, the MY 2011 Jeep Patriot was one of many Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep vehicles to be recalled. These Jeep Patriot models were produced between 18 April 2011 and 2 May 2011.
The steering column may have been installed with a missing or incorrectly fitted pivot rivet. This pivot rivet is responsible for supporting the occupant loads in a frontal collision. If the rivet is missing or incorrectly installed, the column will be less able to support this load. Therefore, the effectiveness of the frontal impact safety system is decreased, and the occupants – the driver, in particular – are more likely to be injured.
To address this, the vehicle recall means dealers will inspect the steering column, checking the rivet’s presence and alignment. If there are any problems, they’ll replace it free of charge.
Any customers with concerns can contact Chrysler on 1-800-853-1403.
2009 Jeep Patriot PCM Circuit Board Recall
- NHTSA Recall ID: 08V528000
- Chrysler Recall ID: H33
- Defect Notice
Recall H33 happened due to a new type of adhesive used on the Powertrain Control Module, usually referred to as PCM. This adhesive could cause the printed circuit board to break at a solder point controlling the fuel pump relay. Without the fuel pump relay control, the engine would stall and, thus, if while moving, cause a crash.
Chrysler picked up on this issue during a routine production test. At the Belvidere (IL) Assembly Plant, five vehicles experienced a no-start situation. An investigation led to the PCM and the particular adhesive and solder joint responsible.
It affected Jeep Patriot models manufactured between 10 July 2008 to 26 August 2008. The Defect Notice (see above) expresses that Chrysler was aware of 31 cases of engine stall and/or no-start attributable to this issue at the time of writing.
To address this issue, dealers would replace the PCM for free. Customers were to contact Chrysler on 1-800-853-1403.
And there we have it – every listed Jeep Patriot recall over its life. Despite its reputation, there are fairly few major recalls to worry about compared to its competitors.
Chrysler should have contacted you and arranged for any potential issues to be checked and fixed, if necessary. It’s improbable that you’ve been missed out. However, if you think that might be the case, contact Chrysler or your local dealer to check.
Most of these recalls will have time limits on them, so it’s best to act quickly.
Thanks for reading this article. Have I missed any recalls that you know about? Do you think Jeep should recall the Patriot for any common issues you experience? Let me know in the comments.