DETROIT – Owners of nearly 220,000 Jeep Cherokee SUVs from the model years 2014 through 2016 are being told to park them outdoors and away from other vehicles due to a fire threat involving their power liftgates.
The devices can catch fire even when the engines are turned off. Water can enter the liftgate control computer, causing an electrical short that can start a fire.
Jeep owner Stellantis says owners will get notification letters starting June 30. A fix has yet to be developed.
In documents posted Tuesday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Safety Administration, Stellantis says it has 50 customer assistance records, 23 warranty claims and 21 field reports because of the issue. The company couldn’t say how many Jeep Cherokees have caught fire.
The AP has more details here.