WASHINGTON -- Air-conditioner condensation is being blamed for the recall of 102,000 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokees.
The condensation can leak into the transmissions of some of the vehicles. The water can damage the torque converter and create a fire hazard, Chrysler group and federal safety officials say.
A fire is possible if the water boils, causing it and transmission fluid to spew onto hot engine parts.
The hazard makes the problem a safety defect, requiring a recall.
The recall affects Grand Cherokees with 3.7-liter engines.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says dealers will install a new seal on the transmission fluid tube and, if necessary, flush the transmission or replace the torque converter.
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