Fuel leaks, wiper problems prompt FCA recalls

Keith Laing
Detroit News Washington Bureau

Washington — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US LLC is recalling more than 83,000 cars and SUVs in the U.S. that could have fuel leaks that could spark fires or problems with their windshield wipers that might cause them to short-circuit and stop working.

The company said Friday that 30,180 vehicles are being called back in an attempt to find about 30 SUVs that could catch fire because of an anomaly in their engine construction that could result in contact between a manifold fastener and the fuel rail. That could result in leakage and, potentially, fire.

The company said the remaining 53,155 cars that are being recalled on Friday have windshield wipers that could short-circuit and stop working due to electric connections that were not designed to meet the company’s U.S. specifications.

FCA said the fuel rail recall affects certain model-year 2016 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and outside of North America. The company added that the windshield wiper recall affects certain 2016 Dodge Dart compact sedans in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

The company said it is not aware of injuries that related to either malfunction. FCA added that customers in both cases would be alerted when they can schedule service with its dealerships.

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