Chrysler recalls 2010 Jeep Wranglers

May 21, 2012 2:59:11 PM PDT
Chrysler is recalling about 68,000 Jeep Wranglers in the United States for a problem that can lead to fires in some cases.

The recall affects 2010 model year Wranglers with automatic transmissions.

The problem is with a skid plate that's located close to the vehicle's catalytic converter that can trap debris. Catalytic converters get extremely hot and that heat can ignite the debris and cause a fire.

Chrysler has acknowledged at least 14 reports of fires so far.

Wranglers that were built in subsequent model years don't have this problem, because Chrysler switched to lighter-weight skid bars, which don't trap debris in the same way.

To fix the problem, Wrangler owners will be asked to bring their vehicles to a jeep dealership to have the skid plate replaced with skid bars.