NEW YORK (WKOW) – The Chrysler Group is recalling about 68,000 Jeep Wranglers due to a fire risk.
The recall involves 20-10 wranglers with automatic transmissions. Chrysler says a skid plate--a metal plate located under the transmission--can trap debris. That plate is close to part of the exhaust system and that heat can ignite trapped debris, causing a fire.
Chrysler says there have been at least 14 reports of fires. Wranglers built since the 2010 model year doesn't have this problem because Chrysler switched from skid plates to lighter skid bars that do not trap debris the same way.
To fix the problem, Wrangler owners will be asked to take their vehicles to a Jeep dealership to have the skid plate replaced with a skid bar.
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