Chrysler Recalling 68K Jeep Wranglers

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(CNN) - Thousands of Jeep Wranglers are being recalled due to a fire hazard. Alison Kosik tells us which model years are affected, and what to do if you own one.

Chrysler is recalling about 68,000 jeep wranglers in the United States for a problem that can lead to fires in some cases.  The recall affects 2010 model year wranglers with automatic transmissions.

The problem is with a skid plate that's located close to the vehicle's catalytic converter that can trap debris.  Catalytic converters get extremely hot and that heat can ignite the debris and cause a fire.

Chrysler has acknowledged at least 14 reports of fires so far.
Wranglers that were built in subsequent model years don't have this problem, because Chrysler switched to lighter weight skid bars, which don't trap debris in the same way.

To fix the problem, wrangler owners will be asked to bring their vehicles to a jeep dealership to have the skid plate replaced with skid bars.

Owners will be notified as soon as parts are available to make the change.

I’m Alison Kosik in New York.