Fiat Chrysler is recalling nearly 180,000 vehicles worldwide over concerns about a potential fire hazard in certain Jeep Cherokees and a problem with the rear axle of Ram 1500 pickups. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US LLC is recalling an estimated 75,000 2015 Jeep Cherokees in the U.S. because the air conditioning lines in some vehicles were installed close to the engine’s exhaust manifold, resulting in a fire risk under certain conditions. The recall also includes approximately 7,600 vehicles in Canada, 4,000 in Mexico and 7,000 in other countries. The automaker said it launched an investigation after NHTSA said it received two complaints about smoke and fire.
In a separate statement, Fiat Chrysler said it is also recalling nearly 66,000 2015-2016 Ram 1500 pickups after an investigation revealed that one of its suppliers produced axle shafts that weren’t properly heat-treated. The automaker said this could contribute to increased wear and tear and cause the vehicle’s anti-lock brake system warning light to illuminate and potentially lead to a fracture and wheel separation. Most of the affected vehicles in the U.S. are in dealers’ hands. Additional vehicles in other markets are affected, Fiat Chrysler said, including approximately 16,600 vehicles in Canada, 1,900 in Mexico and 1,700 in other countries. For both recalls, the company said affected customers will be notified when they can schedule their vehicles for service, which it said it will provide for free.
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