Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced a recall of more than 93,000 Jeep Compass and Patriot SUVs from the 2015 model year. According to the automaker, some of those vehicles may suffer from a manufacturing flaw that could make them harder to steer and create a fire risk.
The problem is rooted in a misplaced hose clamp, which may allow power steering fluid to leak from the vehicles. If the fluid level drops far enough, it could reduce the effectiveness of the power steering system, making the SUVs more difficult to control.
More alarming, of course, is the fact that power steering fluid is very flammable. If it should drip onto a hot surface, it could start a fire. Thankfully, FCA knows of no accidents or injuries related to the issue to date.
The recall affects 93,208 vehicles worldwide: 60,107 in the U.S., 5,755 in Canada, 3,351 in Mexico, and 23,995 elsewhere.
Patriot and Compass owners will receive recall notices by mail. Those notices will ask owners to contact their local Jeep dealers to schedule service on their vehicles, which will include inspection and repositioning of a low-pressure return hose. The repair will be carried out at no charge to consumers.
In the meantime, FCA encourages owners to keep an eye on their vehicles and contact their dealers immediately if they see evidence of fluid leaks.
If you own one of these SUVs and have questions, you're encouraged to contact FCA's Customer Information Center at 800-853-1403.