Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Recalls 350k Jeep and Dodge SUVs for Fire Risk
Vanity Mirror Wiring, of All Things, Could Cause Fire
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will be recalling more than 350,000 2011-2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs for faulty vanity mirror wiring resulting from a previous recall. That recall, which was carried out starting in 2014, routed the vanity mirror wiring of 800,000 similar SUVs to prevent a short circuit that could lead to overheating and a possible fire.
The company discovered that in a tiny percentage of the repaired vehicles (less than 0.02 percent), the prescribed service, if not followed precisely, could still lead to a short circuit. The wiring in the recalled vehicles will be affixed with a new adhesive, and measures will be taken to prevent wiring contact with any abrasive surfaces inside the headliner.
In the 2014 recall, Chrysler announced that although the most likely vehicles to experience a fire were those that had some kind of work done on the headliner, it would repair all susceptible vehicles. If you do a little convoluted head math, you'll find that it's possible some vehicles affected by this recall wouldn't be affected had the prior recall not "fixed" them, although there's no telling how many, if any, vehicles fall under that twisted circumstance.
Although the issues addressed in the prior recall had resulted in three injuries, the company is unaware of any injuries, accidents, or deaths related to the current recall. It only applies to certain SUVs manufactured before September 2, 2012. The 352,831 Jeeps and Dodges affected will be repaired free of charge, and owners will be advised when they can schedule the service.
Source: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles