A vehicle recall is an expensive proposition. A recall involves a modification or repair that must be done as soon as possible and at no cost to the customer. Recalls are done when a problem is likely to cause serious risk, damage or monetary harm and the event is very likely to happen.
This time, Jeep is recalling 87,000 Jeep Wranglers from the 2010 model year because of high fire hazard from a protective plate. If the car was built before July 14, 2010 and has an automatic transmission, the owner should check with the car dealer. According to AMOG, “This is due to concern that the skid plate could collect debris, which could lead to an under-vehicle fire.”
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The skid plate protects the transmission, engine and portions of the exhaust system. The plates were relocated to meet federal emission standards in early 2010. The new plate location created a space that could pack in plant material and other debris. The hot catalytic converter can dry out the debris and set it on fire if the debris is not cleaned out frequently enough.
According to Consumer Reports, the Wrangler is a highly popular off-road vehicle, even if it is a low rated vehicle overall. The skid plate concept was to enhance the vehicle for more challenging off road activity. [Read more…]