Fire Hazard Forces 1.1M Jeep Recall

Tuesday, April 16th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) _ More than 1.1 million Jeep models are being recalled because of a potential engine fire hazard, the U.S. arm of DaimlerChrysler AG said Tuesday.

The Chrysler Group is recalling 2000-02 Jeep Wranglers, 2000-01 Jeep Cherokees and 1999-2002 Jeep Grand Cherokees with 4.0-liter engines. The automaker said debris accumulation in the engine compartments of these vehicles could potentially cause a fire.

There have been no reports of related accidents or injuries, the company said.

The Chrysler Group determined that an engine design modification could lead to a change in the airflow and cause debris accumulation in the engine compartment. The automaker will attach a shield in the engine area of each vehicle to prevent this from occurring.

The recall affects 182,044 Jeep Wranglers, 293,968 Jeep Cherokees and 639,310 Jeep Grand Cherokees.