Fiat Chrysler this week announced the recall of 570,000 of its Dodge and Jeep SUVs and crossovers due to the potential for fire in the vehicles. Two separate recalls were announced, the first including the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango and the second including late-model Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot models.
The defect: In the Grand Cherokee and Durango, faulty vanity mirror wiring could lead to a fire. In the Compass and Patriot, an out-of-position clamp on the power steering fluid line could spur a leak which may lead to a fire.
Affected vehicles: The first recall affects 2011 and 2012 model year Grand Cherokees and Durangos built before September 12, 2012, while the second includes all 2015 model-year Compass and Patriots.
Number of vehicles affected: About 352,831 Durango and Grand Cherokee units are affected in the United States, with another 26,478 in Canada, 13,037 in Mexico, and 84,330 internationally. A total of 60,107 Compass and Patriot models are affected in the U.S. with another 5,755 in Canada, 3,351 in Mexico, and 23,995 internationally.
The fix: In the Grand Cherokee and Durango, the faulty wiring will be repaired, negating the potential for fire. The loose power steering hose clamp on the Patrio and Compass will also be repaired in order to prevent the fluid from leaking onto a hot surface.
Owners should: For both recalls, owners should wait for FCA to contact them in order to schedule an appointment for repair. No injuries or deaths have been reported in the case of either recalls.