Improper Installation Causing Fire Risk Prompts Recall for Jeep Cherokee

Improper Installation Causing Fire Risk Prompts Recall for Jeep Cherokee
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October 28, 2015

A major automaker is issuing a recall for SUVs with an elevated fire risk.

This week, Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced that it would be recalling certain 2015 Jeep Cherokees. In the affected vehicles, the air conditioning lines were installed too close to the engine exhaust manifold, which can pose a threat of fire under certain conditions.

The company launched its investigation after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) received two customer complaints involving smoke and fire.

FCA is recalling an estimated 75,000 vehicles in connection with this defect.

Affected customers will be advised when they may schedule service, which FCA U.S. will provide free of charge. Customers who observe air-conditioning loss or any other concern, such as a dashboard warning light, should contact their dealers.

Owners with questions about the recall can contact the FCA U.S. Customer Service Center at (800) 853-1403.