Chrysler is recalling 895,000 SUVs over faulty wiring

Article by Andrew Christian, on July 13, 2014

Chrysler Group has issued a callback of around 895,000 SUVs over faulty wiring in vanity mirror lights that could short circuit and lead to a fire. Affected models include MY2011-2014 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos built between Jan. 5, 2010 and Dec. 11, 2013, at the Chrysler’s Jefferson North site in Detroit.

The recall covers 651,000 vehicles in the United States, 45,700 in Canada, 23,000 in Mexico and 175,000 in countries outside the NAFTA region. Chrysler launched a probe into the faulty vanity mirrors in March 2011 after receiving customer complaints of sun visor heat damage.

It found out that the issue propped up when wires were moved during the reassembly process at the site. The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also launched a probe into reports of three fires in MY2012 Jeep Grand Cherokees in August.

NHTSA amended the probe to include MY2011 and MY2013 and MY2011-2013 Dodge Durangos. NHTSA has received five reports of headliner near the sun visors on Grand Cherokees. The visors are placed to the roof of the vehicle with three screws, according to NHTSA.

The agency said that it was possible that one or more of the screws have pierced or penetrated the sun visor wiring either during initial vehicle assembly or subsequent headliner area repairs.

To fix the issue, Chrysler will install a space containing a wire guide intended to keep the lines routed correctly and to prevent short-circuiting during reassembly. Chrysler will notify owners of the affected models in August.

Chrysler dealers will be tasked to fix the damaged wiring and install a new sun visor with a properly routed wire for free. Chrysler said it is aware of three minor injuries linked to the issue.

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