Chrysler parent Stellantis said Tuesday it is recalling more than 219,000 Jeep Cherokee SUVs worldwide over fire hazards, warning owners to stay outside until repairs are made. Park it.
The recall covers model year 2014 to 2016 Jeep Cherokees equipped with a power liftgate.
A lack of power at the power liftgate module could result in a vehicle fire when the ignition is on or off.
This is the third recall since 2015 to address safety flaws. According to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), vehicles repaired under the previous recall will still require the new repair.
The automaker said that “owners are encouraged to park outside and away from structures until repairs to the recall are complete.”
Stellantis is still working on improving the recall and is expected to send out owner notification letters on June 30.
The recall covers approximately 132,000 vehicles in the United States, 23,000 in Canada, 3,000 in Mexico and 60,500 outside North America. NHTSA said that owners should follow Stellantis’ advice and park outside until the recall is over and owners can receive repairs.
The company said that vehicles are failing due to electric short. They were built with a power liftgate module located at a location vulnerable to water intrusion.
Last year, Stellantis began an investigation into an increased trend of cargo compartment fires in 2014 and 2015 Jeep Cherokees.