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430,000 PT Cruisers May Have Engine-Fire Risk

Recall Affects 2001-2005 Models

Jan 1, 2002 | Federal regulators say DaimlerChrysler is recalling more than 438,000 PT Cruisers because fires can start under the hood.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says model years 2001 through 2005 are affected.

NHTSA says a high-pressure power steering hose can loosen and come into contact with other engine parts. It can spark a fire if power steering fluid leaks out.

DaimlerChrysler said it has received nine reports of fires but no reported injuries or deaths.

A spokeswoman said the company will inspect the hoses for free and replace them if necessary.

The problem effects vehicles with 2.4-liter engine.

The company hasn't decided when it will start notifying owners.

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