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DaimlerChrysler recalls nearly 111,700 Jeeps on faulty seat warmers

Jun 12, 2006 | AFP DaimlerChrysler will recall nearly 111,700 Jeep Grand Cherokee sports utility vehicles, after a faulty seat warmer led to fires in 32 of the cars, the automaker said.
No injuries or accidents were reported resulted from the flaw, which affects 2003 and 2004 Grand Cherokee models.

The company said it began using carbon fiber seat heat elements in place of resistive wire heating elements in September 2002. The seats also used a toggle switch that can be locked into place.

If left on however, those elements can become hotter than intended, which can degrade the adhesives in the seat and ignite, the carmaker said in a report to a federal safety regulator.

"Prolonged operation via the latching switch could lead to an overheating of the seat cover and the potential ignition of materials left on the unoccupied seat," DaimlerChrysler said.

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