WASHINGTON — Fiat-Chrysler is recalling 144,416 2011-'15 Dodge Journey crossovers in the U.S. because potentially loose engine covers may pose a fire risk, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"In the affected vehicles, the engine cover may detach from the engine and contact the exhaust manifold," said NHTSA in its recall summary. "If it contacts the exhaust manifold, there would be an increased risk of a vehicle fire."
The automaker said the problem was discovered during an internal investigation of three incidents in Chile.
"In each case, the vehicle had been driven extensively on unpaved or uneven surfaces," Fiat-Chrysler said in a statement on Wednesday. "The company is aware of a single related injury, described as minor.
The affected Journeys in the U.S. were built from July 19, 2010 to May 26, 2015 and equipped with 2.4-liter engines.
Vehicles equipped with six-cylinder engines are not affected.
"Indicators of a loose engine cover may include noise from the vehicle's engine compartment, a burning odor and/or a warning light in the instrument cluster," Fiat-Chrysler said. "Customers who experience these events are advised to contact their dealers."
Edmunds says: If you own a 2011-'15 Journey and notice any of the aforementioned problems, you'll want to get your vehicle in for service before receiving your official recall notice.