Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has issued a recall for nearly 389,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs from the 2011, 2012, and 2013 model years. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an electrical problem in some of those vehicles could start a fire.
Sound familiar? It should. In 2014, FCA recalled nearly 900,000 of those vehicles from the 2011-2014 model years to fix a wiring problem associated with vanity mirrors located in the sun visors. Dealers installed guides to keep wires from crossing, shorting out, and potentially starting fires.
Unfortunately, that fix hasn't been as successful as hoped. By May 2015, FCA had received at least eight reports of fires in vehicles that had undergone repairs. That led NHTSA to launch a recall query to find out whether or not the fix was truly effective.
Now it appears that it was not -- at least not for some vehicles. And that's led to the current recall of the 2011-2013 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee. The recall is limited to vehicles built between December 3, 2009 and September 1, 2012. It affects 388,504 vehicles registered in the U.S., including both SUVs that were fixed under the prior recall and those that haven't yet been taken in for service.
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FCA is still working on a new fix for these vehicles and will mail recall notices to owners as soon as one has been approved. If you own one of these vehicles and have questions in the meantime, you're encouraged to call FCA customer service at 800-853-1403 and ask about recall R71. You can also call NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and ask about safety campaign #15V879000.