About 437,000 Jeep Wrangler SUVs will be recalled due to a short circuiting electrical connector in an external mirror

Chrysler recalls 900 000 cars due to fire hazard

US car-maker Chrysler is recalling over 900,000 cars and SUVs due to fire hazard related to faulty components that could cause short circuit and fire.

Chrysler, part of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles consortium, has issued two recalls – the first involves 470,000 cars and SUVs sold around the world between 2011 and 2014 equipped with a 3.6 litre engine and a faulty amp alternator that could cause a stall or fire.

The second recall covers about 437,000 Jeep Wrangler SUVs sold globally from model years 2011 through 2013. According to documents filed by Chrysler with the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the SUV's external heated power mirror has been reported to be prone to short circuits in its electrical connecter due to penetrating water.

Chrysler said it was unaware of any injuries resulting from either problem and has only been informed about one incident related to the flawed amp alternator and none related to the mirror electrical system.

The repair for the first recall is still under development, according to the NHTSA documents. Chrysler plans to begin notifying owners of the recall on 28 November.

Models affected in this recall include the Chrysler 300 sedan, Dodge Challenger and Charger cars, and Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs. An estimated 434,581 of the recalled vehicles are in the United States, 16,080 in Canada, 2,335 in Mexico and 17,000 outside North America, Chrysler said.

The repair for the Wrangler recall, which should begin on 5 December includes moving the exterior mirror power feed to a separate connector and adding a water shield, according to the NHTSA documents.

In that recall, an estimated 313,236 of the SUVs are in the United States, 39,627 in Canada, 5,685 in Mexico and 78,369 outside of North America, Chrysler said.

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