Chrysler Recalls SUVs for Fires; Steering Probed in Fords

Behind The Wheel 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee
NEW YORK -- Chrysler says it is recalling 651,000 Jeep and Dodge SUVs in the U.S. because vanity mirror lights that have undergone repairs can short circuit and start a fire if not reassembled correctly.

The recall is for certain 2011 to 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango models. Chrysler says it has seen the problem only in lighted sun visor mirrors that have been repaired. But as a precaution, it says the recall applies to all of the vehicles.

The automaker says it knows of three injuries caused by the lighted mirror.

Chrysler will contact customers and let them know when they can have the problem fixed.

The recall will total 895,000 SUVs around the world. About 45,000 are in Canada, 23,000 are in Mexico and 175,000 are outside North America.

Separately, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday it's investigating steering problems in about 500,000 Ford cars.

The investigation covers 2004 to 2007 Crown Victoria, Grand Marquis and Marauder models.

NHTSA says a heat shield in the car can rust, dislodge and cause the steering shaft to jam. It has received 5 complaints about the issue and knows of one injury. In that case, the steering froze as a driver entered a high entrance ramp, causing the car to roll over and cause injuries.

Ford Motor Co. says it will cooperate with the NHTSA on the investigation.

Ford (F) shares rose 14 cents to $17.34 in morning trading Friday. They have risen more than 11 percent in the past three months.

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A JEEP with a Vanity Mirror??!?!!!
OK, wait for it.
Maybe it just explodes when the ugly mug of the owner hits the mirror while he reflects on why the heck he bought a JEEP in the first place.
An Oxymoron for Jeep or Vanity.
Maybe the Jeep is just committing suicide.
JEEP with vanity mirror, says: Kill me, Kill me, Please Kill me.

July 11 2014 at 4:39 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to amosbyrd's comment

I do believe you have a serious problem!

July 12 2014 at 10:50 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
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Owners of Jeep Cherokees being recalled by Chrysler shouldn't hold their breath until the Chrysler dealers actually correct the defect. A recall was issued on my Jeep Liberty on June 19th of 2013 to correct a defect of rear-end collisions causing the gas tanks to explode, but after a year of waiting to be notified by Chrysler to take it to my dealer I am still driving a SUV that could explode if I were rear-ended. I have contacted Chrysler offices numerous times and I continue to get the same old run-around about the parts are still not available to correct the problem. I have had Chrysler products most of my long life but because of this I wouldn't touch another Chrysler product with a ten foot pole. Chrysler executives obviously don't care if their customers drive around in an unsafe car. I guess they think if they drag their feet long enough you will either trade your car off or die.

July 11 2014 at 11:13 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply