NHTSA Fire Investigation Leads to Recall of 68,000 Jeep Wranglers

Posted on May 21, 2012

Following an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a recall has been initiated regarding a sport utility vehicle that poses a fire risk.

The automobile in question is the 2010 Jeep Wrangler.  Around 68,000 units are affected by the recall.  The issue was discovered by engineers at both the NHTSA and Chrysler.  After careful study, it was determined by such persons that the vehicle’s skid plate is to blame for numerous complaints that had begun coming in about the Wranglers suddenly and without warning catching fire.

This plate is designed to shield the vehicle’s automatic transmission when the driver goes off-roading.  However, it has been determined that debris can latch onto this plate while in use.  This debris can then suddenly burst into flames, posing a threat to the occupants of the vehicle.

At some point this month, if it hasn’t happened already, affected consumers can expect to receive some sort of notification from Chrysler regarding the issue.  Owners should then be able to bring their vehicles in to receive a repair that consists of the installation of a skid bar in place of the defective plate.  Concerned persons are being advised to get in touch with the NHTSA or Chrysler.

Consumer Reports, who provided the details of this story, has rated the 2012 Wrangler lower than most other vehicles in terms of safety.

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