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Chrysler’s 2010 Jeep Wrangler Gets a Recall Due to Fire Risk

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US-based car manufacturer Chrysler announced that they are recalling around 68,000 units of 2010 Jeep Wranglers. This is due to concern that the catalytic converter and protective underbody skid plate could collect debris, which could lead to an under-vehicle fire.

The Catalytic Converter and Skid Plate Issue

The recall pertains to selected units of the 2010 Jeep Wrangler that were built before July 14, 2010. The said vehicles are equipped with the automatic transmission and its corresponding protective skid plates, which are meant to protect delicate parts from rough terrain. However, it was discovered that it can collect debris near the catalytic converter, which can lead to a fire.

Although there were no injuries reported due to this problem, it is relevant to the early 2010 models that have a relocated catalytic converter in order to adhere with the new federal standards during those times. Models prior to that have the converter located farther from the skid plates. Thus previous units don’t face the same situation.

The 2010 Jeep Wrangler has an underbody skid plate located in an area where it can protect the transmission, engine and portions of the exhaust system. However, there is a tight space between the catalytic converter and the skid plate. In turn, it can collect grass, leaves, sticks and other debris that can be packed under the vehicle. The heat from the catalytic converter can eventually dry out the debris, and it can catch a fire if left unattended long enough.

Changing the Skid Plate’s Factory Design

In late 2010, Chrysler replaced its underbody skid bar with a skid plate system, and continued with the design since then. The change was made because the plate provides ample protection, and it also weighs less.

It was noted on the owner’s manual of 2010 Jeep Wrangler that the underbody skip plate should be cleared of debris regularly. But not everyone reads the instructions or does what it says. Although the vehicle component presents a clear safety risk, this situation is something the can be prevented through adequate maintenance. Chrysler Group’s recall affects 67,872 Wrangler models, which needed to be returned to its dealer.

 

Later this month, the car manufacturer will start notifying owners of the recalled vehicles that it should be returned to its dealer for servicing. The skid plate will be replaced with a skid bar, which provides the similar transmission protection, but doesn’t collect combustible debris.

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