Fire risk forces recall of 570,000 Jeep and Dodge SUVs

Jeep and Dodge vehicles face recall over fire risk

Two separate issues pose risk of fire in four different models

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced a major recall of four vehicles from the Dodge and Jeep brands to address wiring issues that could pose a fire risk, the company announced. Specifically, FCA plans to recall 352,831 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durango SUVs manufactured before Sept. 2, 2012, to replace wiring in the headliners which has been determined by the NHTSA to be susceptible to a short-circuit.

“Overheating conditions were reported among a small percentage of vehicles (<0.02%) serviced in connection with a related recall, conducted previously,” the company said in a statement. “An FCA US LLC investigation discovered the service procedure, if not followed precisely, may leave vehicles susceptible to a short-circuit, creating a potential fire hazard.”

FCA plans to notify owners of the affected vehicles, with the recall to be conducted at the dealer level at no cost to owners. The company plans to secure the wiring in the headliner of the vehicles with a new adhesive. The recall will include 26,487 SUVs that were sold in Canada as well, in addition to another 13,037 in Mexico and 84,330 outside of North America.

Another major recall announced by the automaker concerns the Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot SUVs manufactured during a five-month period in 2015. In those vehicles, FCA plans to inspect a clamp located in the power steering assembly that could be out of place and could cause a leak of the power steering fluid, which could pose a fire risk. The company notes that no injuries or accidents have taken place as a result of this potential flaw, but it plans to issue a recall for this issue nonetheless.

Some 60,107 examples of both SUVs are affected, in addition to 5,755 sold in Canada, 3,351 in Mexico, and 23,995 sold in other markets outside NAFTA.

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