Fiat Chrysler has issued a recall for nearly 50,000 Jeep Cherokee SUVs due to potential engine fires.
About the Recalled Jeep Cherokees and Engine Fires
According to CNET, the recall affects 48,900 Cherokees equipped with 2.4-liter inline-four engines.
Recall documents say incorrectly installed fuel tube connectors can allow fuel leaks that could start a fire in engine bays. To fix the problem, Jeep dealers will replace the potentially leaky fuel tube.
Fiat Chrysler says investigations into the issue began in February after the automaker received reports of engine fires in Cherokee models. The issue was eventually traced by to the fuel tubs and the incorrectly installed connectors.
The recall is limited to Jeep Cherokee vehicles built between September 1, 2017 and January 4, 2018 as the company switched to a different type of fuel tube. Additionally, only Cherokees built at Fiat Chrysler’s Belvedere, Illinois factory are affected.
Consumers can expect to be notified beginning next week.
Millions of Dangerous Vehicles Are Recalled Every Year
In 2016, a record high 53.2 million vehicles were recalled in the United States. More than 50 million cars have been recalled in each of the past three years, a stunning fact considering auto recalls over the previous two decades have ranged between 10.2 million and 30.8 million. Many of these recalls were associated with two prominent defects:
- Faulty ignition switches equipped in General Motors vehicles (linked to approximately 124 deaths)
- Faulty airbags manufactured by Takata Corporation (linked to approximately 16 deaths)
These two recalls have been linked to hundreds of injuries and dozens of deaths, and both have been the subject of congressional hearings and federal investigations. The number of total recall campaigns (927) was also record-breaking in 2016. Sadly, government action came too late for those adversely affected by these defective products.
Contact an Experienced Vehicle Defect Lawyer
Drivers have enough to worry about while traversing the roadways on a daily basis. When a person gets behind the wheel of a car, there is a reasonable expectation that the car is going to perform in a matter that would not put the operator’s life in jeopardy. Unfortunately there are hundreds of vehicle recalls each year due to manufacturer defects, from the tires to the ignition switches, that can cause catastrophic injuries and in some cases death. If you or a loved one have been injured due to a defective part in a vehicle, contact Thomas J. Henry.
Our experienced defective vehicle lawyers have handled a multitude of injury claims caused by recalled vehicles. We continue to handle cases involving faulty and dangerous GM ignition switches and Takata airbags. Our firm has offices in Corpus Christi, San Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today for a free legal consultation — our attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends.