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China Halts Jeep Wrangler Imports on Safety Concern, Xinhua Says

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April 9 (Bloomberg) -- China has suspended imports of Jeep Wrangler vehicles because of a potential safety hazard, Xinhua News Agency said, citing a General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine statement.

Consumers have reported several incidents of imported Jeep Wranglers catching fire, with investigators tracing the problem to the vehicles’ automatic transmissions and related systems, China’s official news agency reported.

Chrysler Group LLC, Jeep’s owner, is working with the Chinese regulator to identify and fix 2008-2010 Wranglers sold in China that were equipped with automatic transmissions, according to a statement posted on the company’s website.

The company said it’s not aware of injuries or accidents caused by the problem, nor of any vehicle fires outside of China after a global recall in February 2010. Before repairs, transmission fluid could potentially overheat and be expelled on to hot surfaces, creating a fire hazard, Chrysler said.

Auburn Hills, Michigan-based Chrysler is 25 percent owned by Fiat SpA.

To contact the reporter on this story: Joshua Fellman in New York at jfellman@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Paul Tighe at ptighe@bloomberg.net

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