Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has issued a recall for the 2014 and 2015 Jeep Cherokee. The recall is limited to vehicles equipped with a power liftgate, since that's where the problem with the SUV lies.
The recall stems from a complaint filed by a Cherokee owner, who said that the SUV had caught fire. Upon inspection of the vehicle, FCA determined that the fire was likely the result of water intrusion, which had short-circuited the Cherokee's power liftgate control module. To date, however, FCA knows of no accidents or injuries related to the problem.
The recall affects a total of 164,003 vehicles worldwide: 99,436 in the U.S., 13,195 in Canada, 2,406 in Mexico, and 48,966 elsewhere.
If you own one of these vehicles, you'll receive a recall notice from FCA by mail. After it arrives, you'll be able to take your Cherokee to a Jeep dealer who will inspect the SUV's power liftgate control module for signs of water intrusion and replace the component if necessary. Water shields will be installed on vehicles to prevent leakages in the future.
In the meantime, FCA says that owners of 2014-2015 Cherokees with power liftgates should monitor their SUV's cargo area and keep it dry. If you have further questions, call FCA customer service at 800-853-1403.