October 27, 2015 / 1:05 PM / 3 years ago

Fiat recalls 65,760 trucks and 75,364 SUVs in United States

(Reuters) - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said it is recalling 65,760 Ram trucks and 75,364 Jeep Cherokee sport utility vehicles (SUVs) in the United States.

People wait for the arrival of Sergio Marchionne, chief executive officer of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) at the New York Stock Exchange October 13, 2014. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

FCA US LLC said the recall of certain 2015-2016 Ram 1500 pickups produced between mid-June and late September this year is to inspect and replace rear axles. (bit.ly/1S7CAT0)

FCA said an internal investigation found axle shafts on some trucks may not have been properly heat-treated and could thus overheat and trigger the anti-lock brake system warning light, leading to component fracture and possible wheel separation.

The recall of certain 2015 Jeep Cherokee SUVs is to replace air-conditioning lines that may have been installed close to the engines' exhaust manifolds, posing a fire risk. (bit.ly/1LzjdQA)

The company said it is also recalling about 16,647 Ram trucks in Canada, 1,924 in Mexico and 1,715 outside the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) region.

FCA said it revised its overall Ram truck recall numbers to match the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) total.

The company had earlier said it is recalling 67,681 Ram trucks in the United States, 17,127 in Canada, 1,935 in Mexico and 1,390 outside the NAFTA region.

FCA said it was aware of one accident potentially related to the axle shaft problem in Ram trucks, but no injuries.

The company said it is also recalling about 7,571 Jeep Cherokees in Canada, 4,018 in Mexico and 6,942 outside the NAFTA region.

FCA said it was unaware of any injuries or accidents related to air-conditioning lines problem in the Jeep Cherokees.

Reporting by Ankit Ajmera in Bengaluru; Editing by Savio D'Souza

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