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Fiat Chrysler recalls Jeep Cherokee SUVs to fix water leak problem that could cause a fire

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DETROIT — Fiat Chrysler is recalling 164,000 Jeep Cherokee SUVs worldwide to install shields that stop water from getting into the power rear lift gate controls.

The company says the recall covers the 2014 and 2015 model years. It addresses a problem that could cause a fire.

PHOTO: FILE - In this March 27, 2013 file photo, the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited is presented at the New York International Auto Show, in New York's Javits Center.  Fiat Chrysler on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 said it is recalling 164,000 2014 and 2015 model year Jeep Cherokee SUVs worldwide to install shields that stop water from getting into the power rear lift gate controls. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
FILE - In this March 27, 2013 file photo, the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited is presented at the New York International Auto Show, in New York's Javits Center. Fiat Chrysler on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 said it is recalling 164,000 2014 and 2015 model year Jeep Cherokee SUVs worldwide to install shields that stop water from getting into the power rear lift gate controls. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Fiat Chrysler says it learned of one fire and found that water can get into the lift gate control modules on some Cherokees and cause an electrical short. No injuries have been reported.

The company says it will notify customers when they can schedule service. In addition to the shields, Fiat Chrysler will replace control modules that have been exposed to water.

Fiat Chrysler says until repairs are made, owners of Cherokees with power lift gates should check cargo areas to make sure they are dry.

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