The federal government is investigating a potential fire risk in more than 200,000 Jeep Wranglers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened a preliminary investigation last month into 2007-2008 model year Wranglers with automatic transmissions. The government has received three complaints in the United States alleging overheating of the vehicle’s transmission. One complaint said a fire occurred. Another said transmission fluid leaked onto the catalytic converter, leading to smoke.
Chrysler says it is aware of a small number of alleged fires in China involving the Wrangler, but is not aware of any U.S. cases. It says there have been no injuries and that the automaker is working with regulators in the U.S. and China on the issue. Vehicle investigations can lead to product recalls. So far there have been no recalls relating to this issue, but the fact that a defect investigation was opened is significant.
Source: Associated Press
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