Chrysler to recall 900,000 SUVs to fix mirror wiring

Fri Jul 11, 2014 1:01pm EDT
 
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By Rohit T. K.

(Reuters) - Chrysler Group LLC [CHRY.UL] will recall about 900,000 sport utility vehicles (SUVs), its largest recall this year, weeks before a shareholder meeting called by its parent Fiat SpA FIA.MI to seek approval for their merger.

Chrysler said some 2011-2014 models of Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango would be recalled to fix the wiring for vanity mirror lights in sun visors to prevent short circuits and fire. (bit.ly/1wac1Qz)

Automakers including General Motors Co (GM.N: Quote) and Ford Motor Co (F.N: Quote) have been struggling with a host of issues in their vehicles, recalling more than 25 million vehicles in the United States this year until June 23.

The latest recall is Chrysler's second big recall in two weeks, with the company announcing on June 30 an expanded recall of 695,957 more vehicles over an ignition switch problem in North America.

Automakers are facing increased scrutiny from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) after GM acknowledged last month that its faulty ignition switches might have led to at least 16 deaths.

"It's more an issue of being sensitive to the litigation environment and being more sensitive to legislation environment, more so than it is an overall quality issue," Morningstar Inc analyst Richard Hilgert told Reuters.

The NHTSA questioned last week Chrysler's pace of fixing rear fuel tanks in older model Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Liberty SUVs and asked the company to produce documents by July 16 to explain the pace of its recall efforts.

The regulator said Chrysler's current pace would take nearly five years to fix all the affected vehicles involved in the recall, announced in June last year.   Continued...

 
A row of new Dodge Durango SUV's and Jeeps are seen in Gaithersburg, Maryland May 1, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Cameron