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Chrysler recalling 2010 Wranglers for skid plate fix

by Bill Cawthon on

Chrysler Group has notified the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration that the company is voluntarily recalling approximately 67,872 U.S. market 2010 Jeep Wranglers to replace the automatic transmission skid plate with a skid bar. The recall includes only 2010 model-year vehicles equipped with automatic transmissions and built prior to July 14, 2010.

For the 2010 model year, the catalytic converter was relocated for emissions compliance. The new location is closer to a skid plate, a condition that could permit debris accumulation, particularly when driving off-road or through heavy brush. If debris is not cleared from the underbody, as the owner’s guide instructs, it could pose a fire risk because of its proximity to the catalytic converter.

Chrysler Group will replace the skid plate on 2010 Jeep Wranglers with a skid bar, a design change implemented in late 2010 and in subsequent model years as a weight-savings measure.

Chrysler Group is unaware of any injuries associated with these incidents. Affected owners will be contacted by Chrysler Group.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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