No one’s fireproof
Makers call in Wranglers and Panameras for safety checks
emissions compliance for the 2010 model.
‘‘ If an excessive amount of debris collects in the underbody, the catalytic converter could ignite it, causing an underbody fire,’’ the recall notice says.
Fiat Chrysler Group says 1156 vehicles in Australia may be affected by the recall.
‘‘ It is applicable to off-road driving and the voluntary fix is (to fit the) skid bar. There have been no reported incidences in Australia,’’ a spokesman says.
The skid bar was fitted to later models as part of a design change in late 2010, which Jeep says was a ‘‘ a weight-savings measure’’.
The company will contact owners of all affected vehicles in writing.
Meanwhile, owners can contact their nearest Chrysler Jeep Dodge dealerships to have the protective plate replaced at no cost.
In the past couple of years, Wranglers were the subject of three other recalls.
In March last year, the issue was possible loose suspension components; in late 2010 there was a check on a possible hydraulic leak that could reduce brake performance; and the May 2010 recall was due to the potential for transmission fluid overheating and causing a fire.
Porsche Cars Australia has also issued a recall notice for the Panamera Turbo S and the Cayenne Turbo S over sub- standard turbochargers and engine failures.
The recall notice says the turbochargers from supplier Borg Warner did not meet quality standards and in extreme cases a turbo failure could result ‘‘ in an engine bay fire’’.
Porsche Cars Australia spokesman Paul Ellis says only three Panamera Turbo S cars are in customer hands and another is in stock. No Cayennes sold in Australia were affected by the recall.
‘‘ The Cayenne Turbo with a power kit would be the only models affected but we haven’t (fitted) any of those with a power kit.
‘‘ We have had no issues with cars or any incidents in Australia,’’ he says.