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I heard that some Jeep Wranglers are catching fire for
no apparent reason. If I have a Jeep
Wrangler, is there anything I should do?
August 2009, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened a preliminary
investigation into allegations of overheating in 2007-2008 Jeep Wranglers with
automatic transmissions. The United
States government has received at least three complaints. One indicated that the Jeep Wrangler had
caught fire, and another stated that transmission fluid leaked, creating
smoke. The problem may be in the
automatic transmission, which could be overheating. Although Chrysler has received some
complaints about Jeep Wranglers in China, it stated that it has not heard of
any United States cases. No recall has been
issued at this time.
The safest thing to do at
this point if you have a Jeep Wrangler made in or near the target model years
would be to take it to a mechanic, who can inspect the vehicle for any leaks or
overheating. If you have experienced
smoke, overheating, or a fire, you should report your situation to the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration (see the link below). You should also speak to an attorney, who can
explain the best course of action for you to ensure that you are driving a safe
vehicle, and whether you are entitled to any reimbursement.
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