Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,200 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2009 Jeep Patriot lights problems

lights problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2009 Jeep Patriot:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2009 Jeep Patriot Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 072016


  • 90,000 miles


I purchased a 2009 Jeep Patriot in 2012. My sunroof and dome lights have been leaking/pouring water into my car, despite paying to have the Jeep dealers "blow out" the now "too corroded tubes" more than 4-5 times in the past three years. I'm tired of dealing with the subsequent mold and dangerous electrical issues associated with the leaks; not to mention the awful smell and unsightly stains. I almost veered off the road when the stream started pouring out of my dome-light and nearly zapped my hand when trying to wipe off/block the radio, in the midst of the leak right before the radio shorted out, while driving/turning down a city street. When I braked to pull over, even more water came pouring through my light and onto the shifting area, air vents, and ignition. I quickly jumped out of the car and grabbed clothing and towels from my trunk (which I luckily happened to have that day) and began pressing the materials to the dome-lights. While doing so, I felt tapping on my shoulder and looked up to see that my entire roof surrounding the sunroof was soaked and dripping onto me and my seats. Also, the back dome-light was leaking onto my back seats.... this was all on the way to work, during the busy traffic hours of the morning, and the leaks did not cease during my 40 minute, highway drive to work. I had to cover all of my seats and essentially the entire front console and dashboard, with trash bags and clothes to protect the interior of my car while in my office building. The leaks subsided by the time I was done working, but the interior of my car was soaked and the radio and lights did not turn back on for hours. There is now mold in both sets of dome-lights. This is not the first time these leaks have a occurred, obviously, but it was certainly a dangerous experience nonetheless.

- Novi, MI, USA

problem #4

Jan 272016


  • 125,000 miles
Sunroof has been leaking from map light since purchased in 2009. Dealer cleaned sunroof drainline once but claimed it was not a warranty item recent leaks have gotten worse, drains into dashboard. Car radio stopped working due to water damage called dealer and expained problem. Dealer said it would take several days to diagnose problem and would not be covered under warranty. Sunroof drains into dashboard when turning

- Spicewood, TX, USA

problem #3

Nov 212014

Patriot 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Water leaked from map lights. Leaked onto radio, center console. Only way to stop leak was to seal sunroof. Now water is leaking from rear some lights. I gorilla glued the joints and hinges on the tailgates and plastic roof mount. Was unsuccessful to stop leak. Water causing major damage to interior.

- Conroe, TX, USA

problem #2

Jul 292013


  • 28,000 miles
I purchased a 2009 Jeep Patriot in July of 2013 with 27,000 miles. From the very first hard rain fall the sunroof leaked. For the first few months, due to insufficient rainfall, I thought I had not properly closed the sunroof the few times it leaked. However, soon afterwards it became clear that it was leaking. The water enters my interior roof and trails to the lowest point, my dome lights and screw holes, where it exits onto my dash and radio. My radio has been damaged. I took it to a garage last week and they unstopped the drainage tubes for $224. It did not leak for about a week and then I went out this morning, after a heavy rainfall last night, and it was leaking again! I have found and contacted an attorney who has filed a class action lawsuit against Chrysler for this problem.

- Oak Hill, WV, USA

problem #1

Sep 012009

Patriot 4-cyl

  • 3,000 miles
The vehicle leaks at the rear interior light after a period of heavy rain. Vehicle has been brought in for repairs several times. Dealership unable to replicate leak. No repairs made until most recent incident in 1/2013 - light is being replaced and overhead lining is also being replaced. Yet to determine if repairs will fix the issue.

- Glen Allen , VA, USA

Not what you are looking for?