The recall train has a new passenger: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is now recalling 570, 000 SUV models for fire risks in two different campaigns that involve issues with the vanity mirror wiring and a low-pressure hose.
This is not the only problem Fiat Chrysler has been facing as the company is under scrutiny from the U.S. regulators after it paid in fines this month a massive $70 for not reporting car crash deaths or injuries dating as far back as 2003.
Following an investigation launched by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to find out if cars that were serviced in a previous related recall were at risk for fires, the carmaker is now recalling 477, 000 units of the 2011-2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUV
The Italian carmaker stated that if the recall process was “not followed precisely, (it) may leave vehicles susceptible to a short-circuit, creating a potential fire hazard.”
Fiat Chrysler announced that it is also recalling 93,000 units of the 2015 Jeep Compass and Patriot SUV to check if it is necessary to replace a clamp that assures a low-pressure return hose. It added that clamps in some of the cars that were manufactured over a five-month period in 2015 may be out of position, leading to fast loss of power steering fluid, therefore, a fire hazard.
All the recalls cover around 413,000 SUVs in the U.S., 32,000 in Canada, 16,000 in Mexico and 108,000 outside of North America. Fiat Chrysler said that at the moment it does not know of any related injuries or crashes in connection to any of the new recalls.