Fiat Chrysler recalling 570,000 SUVs for fire risks
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling 570,000 SUVs for fire risks in two campaigns linked to problems with vanity mirror wiring and a low-pressure hose.
Fiat Chrysler made the recalls at a time when its safety efforts are under scrutiny from U.S. regulators. Earlier this month, it agreed to pay another $70 million in fines for failing to report vehicle crash deaths and injuries since 2003.
The automaker said on Thursday (Dec 24) it is recalling 477,000 2011-2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs after the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation in May ’15 to determine if vehicles serviced in a prior related recall were at risk for fires.
Fiat Chrysler said overheating was reported in 0.02 percent of vehicles serviced in the previous recall. Fiat Chrysler said if the recall procedure was “not followed precisely, may leave vehicles susceptible to a short-circuit, creating a potential fire hazard.”
Dealers will secure wiring in the overhead lining of the SUVs with a new adhesive.
The recalls cover about 413,000 SUVs in the United States, 32,000 in Canada, 16,000 in Mexico and 108,000 outside North America.
Fiat Chrysler said it is not aware of any related injuries or crashes connected to either new recall.
Fiat Chrysler has recalled around 12 million vehicles this year in the United States in more than 40 separate recalls, a record for the automaker.
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