Fiat Chrysler recalls nearly 94,000 Jeeps due to fire risk

This Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, file photo, shows the Jeep logo on a Cherokee vehicle at a local car dealership in Tempe, Ariz. Jeep is recalling more than 228,000 SUVs worldwide to fix a software problem that can cause side air bags to inflate for no reason. The recall covers Jeep Cherokees from the 2014 and 2015 model years. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)


DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler is recalling nearly 94,000 SUVs because the air conditioning lines are too close to the exhaust manifold and could catch fire.

The company looked into the problem after U.S. regulators got two complaints about smoke and fire in certain 2015 Jeep Cherokees.

Fiat Chrysler said it doesn’t know of any related injuries or crashes. Most of the SUVs are in North America.

Dealers will replace the lines if needed. Customers who lose air conditioning or see a dashboard warning light should contact dealers.

The company also announced that it’s recalling more than 86,000 Ram pickups mainly in North America because the rear axle shafts could break and cause a wheel to separate. Most of the 2015 and 2016 Rams are still at dealers.

The problem was discovered in a company investigation that found the axle shafts weren’t properly heat treated. They can wear and overheat, causing the trucks’ anti-lock brake warning light to come on. Fiat Chrysler says it knows of one crash but no injuries caused by the problem.

Dealers will inspect and replace the axle shafts if needed.

____

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

WTNH NEWS8 provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Also, you can now block any inappropriate user by simple selecting the drop down menu on the right of any comment and selection "Block User" from there.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s