No one’s fire­proof

Mak­ers call in Wran­glers and Panam­eras for safety checks

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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.

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