Daimler-Chrysler recalls 1.1 million SUV’s

Daimler-Chrysler has told the news media that it will recall 1.1 million sport-utility vehicles built between 1999 and 2002 because of a manifold problem that could cause an engine fire.

The vehicle manufacturer says the problem is due to a design change made to the vehicles in 1999 that created an air current that could lead to debris accumulating in the engine compartment.

A spokesperson for the Chrysler Group said there have been no accidents or injuries related to the problem. The spokeswoman said, “There have been 166 complaints of engine fires, but we don’t believe they are all related to this problem.

In May 2002 Chrysler Group is sending out letters informing owners of 2000-2002 Jeep Wranglers, 2000-2001 Jeep Cherokees and 1999-2002 Jeep Grand Cherokees with 4-liter engines. The company says 182,044 Jeep Wrangler, 293,968 Jeep Cherokees, and 639,310 Jeep Grand Cherokees ae affected by the recall. This is the second major recall of a Jeep product in the last six months for the Chrysler Group. (April 18, 2002)