Vanity costs Chrysler recall of 651,000 SUVs in U.S.

Vanity costs Chrysler recall of 651,000 SUVs in U.S.

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A 2014 Jeep Cherokee is seen on a transport truck on April 2, 2014 in Miami, Florida. Chrysler says it is recalling 895,000 of its fanciest Jeep SUVs, the Grand Cherokee, as well as the 3-row Dodge Durango, because the lighted make-up mirrors can short-circuit and start a fire.

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Posted on July 12, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Updated Saturday, Jul 12 at 10:03 AM

Fred Meier, USA TODAY

Vanity can have a price -- in this case it can set your car on fire.

Chrysler says it is recalling 895,000 of its fanciest Jeep SUVs, the Grand Cherokee, as well as the 3-row Dodge Durango, because the lighted make-up mirrors can short-circuit and start a fire.

And in case you think this sounds like one of those recalls you can ignore until you get around to it, the company says it knows of three injuries caused by the lighted mirrors lighting up.

The recall covers 2011 to 2014 models and, unusually, is not due to a built-in flaw but rather Chrysler has only seen the problem in mirrors that have been repaired. Apparently they can be reassembled in a way that creates the hazard.

But the recall applies to all of them so they can be checked -- 651,000 SUVs in the U.S., 45,000 in Canada, 23,000 in Mexico and another 175,000 exported to markets outside North America.

The recall notification and repair schedule is still to come.

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