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Chrysler Recalls: Mirror-Light Fires, Ignition-Switch Problems

In case you missed it, Chrysler has announced two recalls affecting more than 1.5 million of the company's Dodge, Jeep, and Chrysler vehicles.

The latest recall affects almost 900,000 of the company's sport utility vehicles, while the earlier recall involves nearly 700,000 additional vehicles. Here's what you need to know:

Mirror-Light Recall: More Than 60 Fires Reported

The SUV mirror-light recall was issued Friday, after an investigation found faulty wiring in SUV vanity mirror lights posed a fire risk. Shorts in the mirror's wiring have so far led to three injuries and more than 60 fires, reports The Detroit News.

The SUV recall covers some 2011-2014 model year Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos. The fires reported so far have all occured in vehicles that have had their vanity mirrors serviced; wiring for the mirror light may be short-circuited during reassembly due to positioning of wires.

Chrysler will install a wire guide for the mirror wiring to prevent the wiring from falling out of position and being pierced by screws during the reassembly process.

Ignition-Switch Recall

The other recall, issued last week, expands the company's previous recall of vehicles that may have a faulty ignition switch by an additional 695,000 vehicles, reports Reuters.

The Chrysler ignition-switch recall now covers almost 900,000 vehicles including: 2008-2010 Dodge Grand Caravans, 2008-2010 Chrysler Town & Country minivans, and 2009-2010 Dodge Journey crossover vehicles.

Similar to the wide-ranging current recall of General Motors vehicles, the Chrysler recall involves ignition switches that may inadvertently turn the engine off while the vehicle is being driven, disabling airbags. Chrysler said that two crashes have so far been reported in the affected models, but that no injuries were caused in the crashes.

Consumers with questions can call Chrysler at (800) 853-1403. If you have a vehicle that is part of the recall or have been involved in a crash that may have potentially been linked to a recalled vehicle, an experienced motor vehicle defects lawyer can help explain your legal options.

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