Fiat Chrysler is recalling nearly 100,000 SUVs in the U.S. to fix a short-circuit issue linked to one vehicle fire. The recall involves 2014 and 2015 Jeep Cherokees, but only those equipped with a power liftgate.
The problem is that moisture is leaking down into the liftgate wiring, causing potential electrical issues and creating a fire hazard. In a statement, FCA says it investigated one reported vehicle fire and determined that the fire was likely the result of water intrusion, which had short-circuited the Cherokee’s power liftgate control module. The automaker is unaware of any related injuries or accidents related to the problem.
An estimated 13,195 customers are also affected in Canada, along with an estimated 2,406 customers in Mexico and 48,966 outside the NAFTA region. Combined with the U.S recall, the estimated total recall population is 164,003.
The automaker says all affected customers will be advised when they may schedule service. If the modules show signs of water exposure, they will be replaced. All recall-related work will be performed free of charge.
In the interim, FCA advises owners of recalled vehicles to monitor their cargo areas and make sure they’re kept dry. Customers with questions may call the FCA US Customer Information Center at 1-800-853-1403.
The latest FCA recall comes a week before the automaker appears at a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hearing. Federal investigators are looking into the way Fiat Chrysler has handled nearly two dozen recalls.
“We have identified 20 recalls where we have concerns about Fiat Chrysler’s performance of its obligations under the Safety Act,” NHTSA spokesman Gordon Trowbridge said in a statement. “Those concerns continue, and the hearing is a part of the process for determining whether the company has met its obligations.”
The NHTSA hearing is scheduled for July 2.