September 17, 2005
DaimlerChrysler AG's Chrysler Group is recalling 101,925 of its 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs to fix a leak in the transmission that could cause a fire.
Vehicles with 3.7-liter engines and automatic transmissions are being recalled because water can leak into the transmission, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on its Web site Friday.
Water can boil while the car is being driven and force out fluid that lubricates the transmission, raising the fire risk, the agency said.
Chrysler will check for leaks in the transmission and might replace a part called the torque converter, whose operation was hampered by a leak from the air-conditioning system. The recall is expected to start in mid-October, the agency said.
Chrysler spokesman Max Gates said that shuddering while the vehicle is being driven is a sign there could be a leak. He said owners should take vehicles to a dealer if that condition occurs. Eight fires have been reported to Chrysler, with no reports of accidents or injuries, he said.