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Recall 12V216000

Potential Fire from Debris on Automatic Transmission Skid Plate

Drive Train, May 15, 2012
Affected Cars

RepairPal Expert Overview

Our Quick Take:

A protective plate under your vehicle can collect leaves and other debris while driving. The heat from the catalytic converter can ignite this debris without warning, causing a vehicle fire.

What Should You Do?

Chrysler will notify owners of affected vehicles during May, 2012. A burning smell may be noted or there may be no symptoms related to this recall. If you don't receive notification and you feel you should have, please contact your dealer. It’s helpful to have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.

Summary:

On vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission, the transmission skid plate can collect debris. Heat from the catalytic converter could ignite the debris without warning, resulting in a fire. Dealers will replace the skid plate with a skid bar to correct this concern. The Chrysler recall number is M22.

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date: May 15, 2012

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V216000

NHTSA Action Number: PE12009

Component: POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

Potential Number of Units Affected: 67,872

Summary: CHRYSLER IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010 JEEP WRANGLER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH AN AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION. THE TRANSMISSION SKID PLATE, WHICH IS CLOSE TO THE CATALYTIC CONVERTER, CAN COLLECT DEBRIS.

Consequence: IF THIS OCCURS, THE DEBRIS CAN IGNITE WITHOUT WARNING, RESULTING IN A VEHICLE FIRE.

Remedy: CHRYSLER WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE SKID PLATE WITH A SKID BAR, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING MAY 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHRYSLER AT 1-800-853-1403.

Notes: CHRYSLER’S RECALL NUMBER IS M22. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.

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