Chrysler has announced a recall of almost 87,000 2010 Jeep Wranglers in the U.S., Canada, and elsewhere, after they received reports of a fire risk with the SUVs.
According to the Huffington Post, the recall only affects the 2010 model year Wranglers, which have automatic transmissions and were built before July 14, 2012.
The recall has been submitted, because debris could get caught between a metal plate that protects the transmission and the catalytic converter. This debris can cause a fire.
ENews Park Forest reports that Chrysler’s remedy to the problem is to replace the skid plate under the transmission with a skid bar that will not collect debris. Chrysler will reportedly notify dealers and owners if they qualify for the recall.
Eric Mayne, a spokesman for Chrysler, stated that the recall will affect around 68,000 Wranglers in the U.S., 6,000 in Canada, 1,500 in Mexico, and also 11,000 in other countries.
The Washington Post reports that the car manufacturer has been made aware of about 14 complaints for other model years as well, however Mayne stated that there was no pattern or common cause in those fires.
To be sure, Huffington Post reports that Chrysler had the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also check Wranglers in the 2007 to 2012 model years, to make sure that they did not have problems. The NHTSA reports that only the 2010 model years had the problem.
Eric Mayne stated that this is because the transmission skid plate and catalytic converter were configured differently on the 2010 models, in comparison to other models.
For more information about the Chrysler Jeep Wrangler 2010 recall, check out the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website.
View footage of one 2010 Jeep Wrangler on fire here: