A recall last year to fix a short circuit problem that could cause headliner fires in 2011-2014 model Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs may not have been effective.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says eight reports of smoke or fires in repaired vehicles have prompted it to revisit the problem. The agency could order a new recall.
The original campaign involved rerouting wiring to the lighted sun visor mirrors in 895,000 vehicles, most of them in the U.S. and Canada.
NHTSA said the threat of a short circuit occurred after the sun visor was removed and replaced during service work. It said at the time the problem also could occur if the visors hadn't been properly installed at the factory. The three screws used to hold each visor in place could pierce vanity mirror wiring located behind the headliner, according to the agency.
FCA dealers installed a plastic guide to reroute the wiring. The new NHTSA investigation will attempt to clarify whether the spacer was sufficient.
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Dan Nicholson is vice president of General Motors Global Propulsion Systems, the organization that had been “GM Powertrain” for 24 years.
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