DETROIT (WTVR) – Chrysler is recalling nearly 87,000 Jeep Wranglers in North America and elsewhere due to a risk of fires.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the recall affects only 2010 Wranglers with automatic transmissions and ones that were built before July 14, 2010. Chrysler spokesman Eric Mayne said the 2010 models had a transmission plate and catalytic converter that were configured differently than Wranglers from other years.
It said debris can get trapped between a plate that protects the transmission and the catalytic converter, which causes a fire. Debris can build up when the SUVs are driven off-road or through tall brush.
The company will fix the problem free of charge by replacing the plate with a bar so debris doesn’t get trapped.
Mayne said the recall affects about 68,000 Wranglers in the U.S., 6,000 in Canada, 1,500 in Mexico and about 11,000 in other countries. Recall repairs are expected to begin this month.
So far, Chrysler knows of at least 14 complaints but does not know of any injuries.
To find out if there are any unperformed or incomplete recalls on your vehicle, please contact Chrysler.