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Why Chinese government suspends importation of Jeep Wrangler

The Chinese auto industry has become a key to global success but the Chrysler Group received a set recently as the Chinese government has suspended importation of the Jeep Wrangler due to alleged fire risks.
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The Chinese General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) launched an investigation into the Jeep Wrangler in which they discovered a possible fire risk stemming from the automatic transmission. This investigation was launched after the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine received a handful of complaints about imported Wranglers catching fire but there was no indication as to whether accidents or injuries were caused by this problem.

Since suspending importation of the Jeep Wrangler to the Chinese market, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine has asked that Chrysler investigate and repair the cause of the transmission fires. In reply to the Chinese government’s announcement, Chrysler explained in a statement that there was a global recall in early 2010 of Jeep Wranglers due to a condition where the transmission could overheat and expel fluid when the vehicle had been overworked during extreme or abusive driving conditions. When the transmission fluid is expelled – should it hit something hot (like the engine, exhaust manifold, etc) it could catch fire.

Chrysler also announced that they are working with the Chinese General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine to take care of the issues plaguing 2008-2010 Wranglers in China’s market. There have been no reports of fires problems with the 2008-2010 Jeep Wrangler anywhere outside of China but Chrysler is still working to make sure that this problem is taken care of so that they can continue growing in the booming Chinese market.

Source: China Car News, Chrysler

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