Norfolk Products Liability Attorney Report – Fire Risk Prompts Recall of 87,000 Jeep Wranglers
The giant automaker Chrysler has announced it is recalling nearly 87,000 Jeep Wranglers in the U.S., Canada and other countries due to a risk of fires.
Safety regulators say the latest recall affects only Jeep Wranglers from the 2010 model year with automatic transmissions, the Richmond Times Dispatch reported.
As Norfolk, VA based product liability attorneys, we are concerned by the nature of this defect that clearly has the potential to cause personal injury or death.
“Debris can get caught between a transmission plate and the catalytic converter, causing a fire,” the Richmond Times Dispatch reported.
Media reports said Chrysler will fix the problem free of charge. The automaker will replace the plate with a bar to ensure debris doesn’t get trapped.
The company has been made aware of 14 fires in 2012 Wranglers. It is not aware of any injuries linked to the problem. The Jeeps affected by the recall were built before July 14, 2010.
This is not the first time in recent years that Chrysler has recalled cars and investigated a safety problem. In 2010 our Norfolk, VA defective product lawyers reported on how The National Highway Safety Traffic Administration launched an investigation of the safety of gas tanks on three million Jeep Cherokees.
Defects that can cause fires are among the most serious that we see in automobiles and trucks. If you have been injured by a defect in a car or truck, you should contact an experienced Virginia (VA) products liability attorney.