Little changes can have profound consequences, especially in a complex machine like a car.
The catalytic converter is a device that renders vehicle exhaust less toxic. Chrysler moved the catalytic converter of the model year 2010 Jeep Wrangler to meet government emission standards. Unfortunately the converter’s new location near the Wrangler’s skid plate poses a fire risk. According to both the automaker and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, debris like dead leaves, brush, etc., can accumulate under the Jeep Wrangler. If the debris’ not removed, the hot catalytic converter could potentially ignite the material.
No accidents, injuries, or fatalities have been reported involving the issue. Around 67,872 model year 2010 Jeep Wrangler SUVs are affected by the recall. Chrysler is contacting owners of the Jeep Wrangler, which were built before July 14, 2010 and are equipped with automatic transmission. The automaker plans to replace the skid plate with a skid part which is found in later model Jeep Wrangler SUVs.
Source: Chrysler, NHTSA