Jeep Wrangler Recall: Chrysler recalls nearly 68,000 Jeep Wranglers 2010 model due to skid plate problem

By on May 22, 2012 in United States Comments

Chrysler Group LLC announced on Saturday, May 19, 2012 that they will voluntarily recall nearly 68,000 units of Jeep Wrangler 2010 model due to potential fire risk brought about by the skid plate.



Jeep Wrangler 2010 model
Image Credit: Chrysler.com

As noted by Chrysler on its official media site that day, the car company will be replacing the vehicle’s automatic transmission skid plate with a skid bar and affecting approximately 67,872 units of Jeep Wrangler 2010 model.

According to the car company, this Jeep Wrangler recall involves vehicles that were built prior to July 14, 2010, in which a design change was implemented in June 2010 onwards, using a skid bar instead of a plate on vehicles with automatic transmissions, as a weight-saving measure.

Apparently, the catalytic converter for the Jeep Wrangler 2010 model was relocated closer to the skid plate for emissions compliance, but became prone to debris accumulation, particularly when driving off-road or through heavy brush and may cause fire without warning if not being cleared from the underbody.

Meanwhile, Chrysler noted that they have already informed that National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NTHSA) four days earlier and will replace the skid plate with a skid bar for free; with the recall being expected to start within this month.

In a report at the New York Times on Monday, Chrysler spokesman Eric Mayne told them in a telephone interview that the automaker was not aware of any injuries; but reportedly told NTHSA that there were 14 complaints related to the problem.

For more information about this Jeep Wrangler recall, the public is being advised to contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403, or NHTSA Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or visit SaferCar.gov.



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