Fire Risk Prompts Durango, Grand Cherokee Recall
Photo of 2014 Dodge Durango courtesy of Chrysler Group.
Chrysler Group is recalling 651,130 2011-2014 model-year Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs because the wiring for the vanity lamp in the sun visor may short-circuit, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports.
This problem, which has surfaced following a service repair, poses a fire risk. The vehicles in question were manufactured from Jan. 5, 2010, through Dec. 11, 2013, NHTSA said.
“This condition is not present in vehicles which have not had the headliner or vanity mirror serviced,” Chrysler said in a released statement. “Chrysler Group is aware of three related injuries – each of which involved a vehicle that had the vanity mirror and/or headliner serviced."
Chrysler dealers will make an inspection and repair any damaged wiring. They will also install a new sun visor that properly routes the wire. There will be no charge for these services.
The repair will involve installing a spacer containing a wire guide feature to keep the lines properly routed, preventing a potential short-circuit during reassembly.
“In the interest of protecting our customers, this spacer will be installed in all vehicles within the range, regardless of whether or not the vanity mirror and/or headliner have been serviced,” Chrysler said.
The recall is expected to begin in August. Vehicle owners can reach Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is P36.
In addition to the vehicles in the U.S., Chrysler will recall 45,700 of the vehicles in Canada, 23,000 in Mexico and 175,000 outside the NAFTA region.