2012 Jeep Wrangler (Photo : Chrysler)
Chrysler is recalling more than 87,000 of its latest Jeep Wrangler models in the United States and Canada due to the risk of having fire.
According to an official announcement on Monday, the automaker will recall 87,000 Jeep Wrangler as soon as possible in order to fix a technical snag in the automatic transmission that could lead to a fire. Jeep Wranglers built in the year of 2010 will be recalled after complaints were filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Like Us on Facebook
The reported complaints from the owners of Jeep Wranglers wrote that their vehicles caught fire because of the automatic transmission console. The Chrysler management formed a group of technicians to monitor and report on the complained technical flaws. In Chrysler's report filed to the NHTSA, the world class automaker explained the cause of the fire is due to "less than optimal clearance between exhaust catalyst and the automatic transmission skid plate."
Chrysler has issued a public notice to all owners of Jeep Wranglers that they will repair the vehicles free of charge, and if required, install additional features and equipment.
After going through the complaint, NHTSA has inspected the same version of models from 2007 to 2011 and concluded that only the models built in 2010 had the defects in automatic transmission console.
"We respect the agency's findings of technical difficulties in Jeep Wrangler. We were prompted to explore the problem in our vehicles after a series of complaints were filed to us of their vehicles getting caught on fire in the automatic transmission console. So, as per the rules and regulations, we have provided the agency with the required details of production and everything. And we make an official announcement that no injuries have been reported from our vehicle owners," reads the statement issued by Chrysler Group.