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Jeep Wrangler Recalled for Fire Hazard

Chrysler Group is recalling Jeep Wrangler SUVs from the 2010 model year for a potential fire hazard. About 67,872 Jeep Wrangler models with an automatic transmission are included in the safety recall. The Wrangler’s “transmission skid plate, which is close to the catalytic converter, can collect debris,” the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports.

Since the catalytic converter, which is located under the SUV, heats up when the vehicle is being driven, “the debris can ignite without warning, resulting in a vehicle fire,” NHTSA explains.

In the affected 2010 Jeep Wranglers, Chrysler Group has received “at least 14 reports of fires,” CNNMoney reports.

Chrysler Group will contact affected Jeep Wrangler owners this month, and Jeep dealers will replace the transmission skid plate with a skid bar for free. Owners can call Chrysler Group at 1-800-853-1403 or NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236.

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