Chrysler has issued a recall for 87,000 Jeep Wranglers after a series of fires. The company is aware of 14 incidents of fires in Wrangler 2010 models. No one has been injured so far, the Associated Press noted.
Fires can result when dirt, leaves and other materials from off-road driving become lodged in a plate covering the transmission and catalytic converter. The plate can heat up during vehicle operation, potentially igniting the debris.
Repairs to prevent debris from collecting around the plate will be made at the company’s expense.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notes that only 2010 models built prior to July 14, 2010, are affected by the recall. Vehicle owners are being notified by mail.
Jeeps from other model years were examined, but did not have the problem.
Approximated 68,000 Wranglers sold in the U.S., along with 6,000 sold in Canada, 1,500 sold in Mexico and 11,000 sold overseas, are covered by the recall.