China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) has suspended the importation of the Jeep Wrangler due to a series of car fires. Car News China reports that the Agency's investigation showed the fires resulted from issues with the automatic transmission and systems tied to the transmission.
The AQSIQ reportedly asked Chrysler to find the cause of the issue and solve it, adding, "Manufacturer and importers should take precautionary measures for the vehicles involved to ensure consumers' safety." The imported Wranglers likely come from our shores, but a quick check of NHTSA's recall database shows there are no active recalls for Wrangler fires in the U.S. See any irony here?
In an unrelated (though somehow still related...) issue, Chrysler has also recalled 464 Wranglers in China for improperly torqued bolts that lead to loud noises and even potential steering problems. The vehicles in question were built between July 7, 2010 and September 10, 2010. The Chrysler China Sales Company will check affected vehicles for free and fix bolts where necessary. That very same recall is happening here in the U.S. as well.