Fiat Chrysler Automobiles today recalled 55,687 Jeep Cherokee SUVs for a problem with power liftgate components that could lead to a fire. Six months ago, FCA recalled more than 164,000 Cherokees for the same problem.
FCA said the recall is to replace a shield that protects power liftgate components and other parts from moisture. The parts can short-circuit if exposed to water, potentially leading to a fire.
The recall covers 2015 and 2016 Cherokees with power liftgates produced after Feb. 18. FCA said it is unaware of injuries or accidents related to the problem.
The automaker issued the recall after an investigation into two complaints.
“The probe determined improved shields developed for a June recall affecting vehicles … provide greater protection,” FCA said in a statement.
In June, FCA recalled 164,003 2014 and 2015 Cherokees worldwide for the same problem. Those vehicles were produced before Feb. 18.
FCA said 32,784 of the Cherokees recalled today are in the U.S., 10,138 are in Canada, 924 are in Mexico and 11,841 are “outside the NAFTA region.”
The automaker said it will replace the moisture shields for free if there are signs of water leaking into the power liftgate control module. Affected customers will be notified by FCA.
In the meantime, FCA said cargo areas in the affected Cherokees “should be monitored and kept dry.”
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