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Jeep recall hits SA

2006-06-15 10:16
Cape Town - DaimlerChrysler says it will recall 156 999 Jeep Grand Cherokees around the world, which includes some South African models.

The recall has been commissioned after a faulty seat warmer led to fires in 32 of the cars.

No injuries or accidents were reported resulted from the flaw, which affects 2003 and 2004 Grand Cherokee models.

The company said it began using carbon fibre seat heat elements in place of resistive wire heating elements in September 2002.

The seats also used a toggle switch that can be locked into place.

If left on however, those elements can become hotter than intended, which can degrade the adhesives in the seat and ignite, the carmaker said

"Prolonged operation via the latching switch could lead to an overheating of the seat cover and the potential ignition of materials left on the unoccupied seat," DaimlerChrysler said.

According to DaimlerChrysler South Africa 1 134 of the affected vehicles were sold here.

Richard Sloman, Media Manager of DCSA told Wheels24 that the Chrysler Group is voluntarily undertaking this recall action.

"We do this to address a safety issue and to ensure that our vehicles perform as intended," he told us.

No reported cases of fires in South African vehicles have been received.

Sloman also said that owners will be notified when a sufficient quantity of parts are available to launch the recall. Work will be performed at no cost to owners.

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