- Chrysler is recalling an estimated 895,000 2011-'14 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs because of a fire risk linked to vanity-mirror lights.
- Chrysler said it is aware of three related injuries.
- The recall is expected to begin in August.
WASHINGTON — Chrysler is recalling an estimated 895,000 2011-'14 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs because of a fire risk linked to vanity-mirror lights, according to the automaker and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
NHTSA said 651,130 of the vehicles are in the U.S. The rest are in Canada, Mexico and outside the NAFTA region, according to Chrysler.
"In the affected vehicles, the wiring for the vanity lamp in the sun visor may short-circuit after a service repair is performed," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "If the vanity lamp wiring shorts, there is an increased risk of fire."
Chrysler said it is aware of three related injuries, each of which involved a vehicle that had the vanity mirror and/or headliner serviced.
"This condition is not present in vehicles which have not had the headliner or vanity mirror serviced," Chrysler said in a statement posted on its Web site on Friday.
The affected vehicles were built from January 5, 2010 through December 11, 2013.
Chrysler dealers will inspect and repair any damaged wiring and install a new sun visor that properly routes the wire. Part of the repair involves installing a spacer containing a wire guide feature that will keep the lines properly routed, preventing a potential short-circuit during reassembly.
"In the interest of protecting our customers, this spacer will be installed in all vehicles within the range, regardless of whether or not the vanity mirror and/or headliner have been serviced," Chrysler said.
The recall is expected to begin in August. Owners can contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403.
Edmunds says: This recall does not get going for another month. If you are experiencing a problem with one of these SUVs in the meantime, take it into your dealership immediately.