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Your Jeep May Catch Fire Because You're Too Lazy To Close Your Own Tailgate

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This isn't the first time that a Jeep has had a fire problem.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is issuing a recall on 55,687 2014 and 2015 model year Jeep Cherokees for a small electrical issue that causes your car to simply BURST INTO FLAMES! Essentially, the control module for the power-operated lift gate could allow for water intrusion that causes the module to short circuit. FCA will repair the issue free of charge and the repair will likely take around two and a half hours to complete. Unfortunately for FCA, this is not the first time that a Jeep has had fire problems.

As of now, there have no reported deaths or injures because of the tailgate issue which is unlike the outcome of the automaker's previous fire problem. The 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee suffered from a poorly designed fuel tank that would explode in rear-end collisions. This issue caused the deaths of 75 people before a recall of 1.56 million vehicles was issued. FCA is anxious to sort out any issues with the new Cherokee to avoid another PR disaster. Owners who take their Cherokee in for this recall will have their tailgate inspected for corrosion and a water-proof shield fitted to the tailgate module.

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