DETROIT – Fiat Chrysler is recalling nearly 56,000 Jeep Cherokee SUVs worldwide to fix a water leak that can cause an electrical short in the power tailgates.
The recall covers Cherokees from the 2015 and 2016 model years. Water can get into the tailgate control module, increasing the risk of a fire. The company says no fires or injuries have been reported.
Fiat Chrysler says two customer complaints led to the recall.
The Jeeps were manufactured from Feb. 18 to Sept. 10. Dealers will inspect the module and replace damaged parts. They’ll also replace a water shield with a better one. The company is developing a schedule for the recall and will notify owners.
In the meantime, owners are advised to check tailgates and make sure they are kept dry until repairs are made.