China orders Chrysler to probe Jeep Wrangler over fire risk

Article by Anita Panait, on January 7, 2014

The Chinese government has ordered Chrysler Group to launch an investigation on its Jeep Wrangler, claiming that it had a "relatively high risk" of catching fire. The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine warned owners not to drive the Jeep Wrangler under extreme conditions, advising them to check the chassis and engine compartment, and promptly remove any inflammable material.

The agency said in a statement on its Web site that owners should contact the carmaker or authorized after-sales outlet and inform the local inspection agency if they meet any problem.

The agency had halted imports of the Jeep Wrangler in April 2011 following discovery of fire risks with the gearbox. Imports restarted in 2012 after Chrysler replaced the components and undertook a series of preventive measures. 

The warning from the Chinese agency comes as Chrysler parent Fiat gets ready to start building Jeep vehicles in China.

The Italian carmaker is also nearing an agreement with Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. to start its production in China after terminating it in 2006, people privy with the matter remarked in December.  Locally made vehicles hold an advantage over imported ones since the latter are imposed with a 25 percent tariff.

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