WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chrysler LLC said Friday it was recalling about 125,000 2007-2008 Dodge Avenger and Chrysler Sebring passenger cars to address a problem with the cooling fan motor connector that could lead to engine fires.
Chrysler has received reports of 17 fires since July that could be related to the condition, company spokesman Max Gates said. There have been no injuries.
Gates said under hot conditions, engine coolant could spill and soak into the wiring of the cooling fan motor, leading to overheating and a possible fire under the hood.
The recall only covers Avenger and Sebring models with 2.4-liter engines. About 102,000 of the cars are in the United States, with the remaining vehicles in Mexico, Canada and Europe. Vehicles with 2.7-liter and 3.5-liter engines are not involved in the recall.
Owners will be notified in November and the work will be completed at no cost. Dealers will inspect the cooling fan motor connector and install new wiring. Consumers who notice any problems with the cooling fan system should take their vehicle to a dealer for inspection, Chrysler said.
Owners can call Chrysler at (800) 853-1403 for more information.
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The Associated Press and CBS News contributed to this report.