By Ronan Glon
Monday, May 21st, 2012 @ 5:37 am
 
Chrysler's Jeep division has announced that it is recalling certain 2010 Wranglers over a fire risk. The recall only affects vehicles that are equipped with an automatic transmission and that were built before July 14th, 2010.

A report published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that approximately 67,872 Wranglers are affected by the recall. That statistic only takes into account Wranglers that are registered in the United States.

Chrysler spokesman Eric Mayne told The Huffington Post that there are also 6,000 affected Wranglers in Canada, 1,500 in Mexico and about 11,000 scattered throughout other countries around the globe.

The NHTSA's report explains that the fire is attributed to the skid plate that protects the transmission. It can collect miscellaneous debris over time and since it is mounted near the hot catalytic converter the debris can ignite without warning. By the time the driver smells smoke it is usually too late to save the vehicle. The fix involves replacing the skid plate with a skid bar.

Chrysler will notify owners of affected Wranglers by mail. The recall is scheduled to begin before the end of the month.

Last March the NHTSA opened an investigation into the 2010 Jeep Wrangler after about 14 owners throughout the United States complained of a vehicle fire. Chrysler says that no injuries have been reported.