Fiat Chrysler Issues 2 SUV Recalls Over Fire Risk, Safety Concerns Continue

Dec 26, 2015 05:54 PM EST | John Nassivera

Fiat Chrysler on Thursday announced two recalls, totaling 570,000 SUVs, in order to fix issues involving vanity mirror wiring and a low-pressure hose that present a potential fire risk.

The first recall focuses on vanity mirror wiring that puts vehicles at risk of overheating after getting service, and it was issued after the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation in May to figure out if cars serviced in a previous recall experienced such a risk, according to NBC News.

The Italian automaker said that 0.02 percent of vehicles serviced in the prior recall were reported to experience overheating, adding that if the recall procedure was "not followed precisely, may leave vehicles susceptible to a short-circuit, creating a potential fire hazard."

Vehicles covered by the recall include 477,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durango SUVs made from 2011 to 2012. Of these vehicles, 353,000 are in the U.S., 26,000 are in Canada, 13,000 are in Mexico and 84,000 are in other countries, The New York Times noted.

The second recall involves the replacement of a clamp that secures a low-pressure return hose, which may be out of position, resulting rapid loss of power steering fluid, which could then lead to a fire hazard. Fiat said that these clamps exist in vehicles made during a five-month period this year.

Vehicles covered in this recall include 93,000 2015 Jeep Compass and Patriot SUVs in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and other countries.

The company said that it has not received reports of any injuries or crashes connected to either recall, NBC News noted.

Fiat is currently facing criticism from U.S. regulators over its safety efforts, as the automaker has had to issue 40 recalls this year alone that total 12 million cars in the U.S., which is a record for the company, Digital Trends reported. The firm agreed to pay a $105 million fine back in July for improperly handling almost 24 recall campaigns affecting 11 million of their cars, as well as $70 million in fines earlier this month to report vehicle crash deaths and injuries since 2003.

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