AUBURN HILLS, Michigan – Fiat-Chrysler is recalling an estimated 60,107 2015 Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot SUVs in the U.S. because of a fire risk linked to a low-pressure return hose, the company said late last week.
An investigation “discovered clamps in some vehicles produced during a five-month period this year may be out of position,” the company said in a statement. “This may allow rapid loss of power steering fluid. Leakage onto a hot surface may pose a potential fire hazard.”
There are no related injuries or accidents, the company said.
“If the condition occurs, steering is not lost,” Fiat-Chrysler said. “However, greater physical effort may be required to steer the vehicle. Customers who experience this and/or observe evidence of a fluid leak are urged to contact their dealers.”
The company said reported incidents of fluid leaks predominantly involve vehicles with very low mileage.
Jeep dealers will inspect and, if necessary, reposition a clamp that secures the low-pressure return hose. A date has not been specified for the recall. Owners can contact Fiat-Chrysler customer service at (800) 853-1403.
No information about the recall has been posted on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees vehicle safety in the U.S.
Edmunds says: If you own one of these vehicles and notice a problem, contact your dealer now. Others should wait for their official recall notice and then schedule a service appointment.