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From Products Liability Law Daily, December 28, 2015

FCA recalls over 476,000 SUVs to correct issues with vanity-mirror wiring

By John Dumoulin

FCA US LLC has recalled approximately 476,685 model year 2011-2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs produced before September 2, 2012, to help ensure that vanity-mirror wiring may be serviced more consistently, according to a company press release. This recall involves an estimated 352,831 vehicles in the United States, 26,487 in Canada, 13,037 in Mexico, and 84,330 outside the NAFTA region (FCA Press Release, December 24, 2015).

FCA previously conducted a related recall of an estimated 895,000 model year 2011-2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs to reroute wiring for vanity-mirror lights. According to the company, if an affected vehicle was involved in a repair related to servicing the vanity mirror and/or headliner, the wiring could be subject to short-circuit and fire if not appropriately reassembled by the dealer (FCA Press Release, July 11, 2014).

In the current release, FCA reported that the service procedure for this recall, if not followed precisely, may leave vehicles susceptible to a short-circuit, creating a potential fire hazard. The company said that overheating conditions were reported among a small percentage of vehicles serviced in connection with this recall but that these overheating conditions were observed only in vehicles produced before September 2, 2012, that were equipped with a certain wiring package.

FCA said that it is not aware of any related injuries or accidents and that overheating conditions have not occurred in vehicles that have not had service involving headliner removal. The company is urging affected customers to heed the instructions in their recall notices.

Remedy. According to FCA, wiring in the headliners of the affected vehicles will be secured with a new adhesive, and measures will also be taken to help prevent the wiring from contacting potentially abrasive surfaces. Customers will be advised when they may schedule service, which will be performed free of charge, the company said.

Contact information. Owners may contact FCA’s Customer Assistance Center at 1-800-853-1403. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Companies: FCA US LLC

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