May 21, 2012 at 11:47 AM ET
The risk of fire is forcing Jeep to recall nearly 87,000 Wranglers in the U.S., Canada and other parts of the world. About 68,000 of those were sold in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The government has received reports of 14 fires – though no claims of injuries or fatalities connected to the problem.
The issue appears to be centered around a skid plate that makes it possible for debris to collect and press up against the SUV’s catalytic converter. Because of the high heat that can lead to a fire.
The recall is limited to Wranglers equipped with automatic transmissions built during the 2010 model-year. Owners of vehicles produced before July 14, 2010 will receive a notification in the coming weeks and will be advised when they can schedule a free repair with a nearby dealer.
According to the maker, owners can check the data of production on the driver’s door jamb.