Fiat Chrysler is recalling nearly 89,000 cars and SUVs to
fix possible fuel leaks or problems with windshield wipers.
The most serious recall covers nearly 35,000 Dodge Durango
and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs worldwide from the 2016 model year. All have
3.6-liter V6 engines. A fuel tube may have been damaged in manufacturing, and
that could cause a gas leak and fire.
Fiat Chrysler says an employee found a leak in one vehicle
and no fires have been reported. Dealers will replace fuel injector rails and
lower intake manifolds if needed. The company estimates that only 30 vehicles
may have leaks, but the recall is needed to find them.
Owners will be notified by mail starting Dec. 19. In
the meantime, Fiat Chrysler says owners should be alert for fuel leaks and
contact dealers if they spot one.
The other recall covers more than 54,000 Dodge Dart compacts
from the 2016 model year in North America. Electrical voltage spikes caused by
a windshield washer pump can cause short circuits. That can cause the wipers to
That recall also is expected to begin on December 19.