Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is issuing a recall on about 144,416 crossover utility vehicles (CUVs) for an engine cover issue. In some vehicles, the covers can become dislodged and come in contact with exhaust components, posing a fire risk. FCA says they have one minor injury associated with this recall.

Vehicles driven extensively on unpaved roads or uneven surfaces can have their engine covers come loose. So far, Chrysler says, all of these incidents leading to the recall were in South America, but a North American recall is being done for safety reasons.

The vehicles being recalled include model year 2011-2015 Dodge Journey crossovers and Fiat Freemont CUVs equipped with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. New engine cover retainers will be installed free of charge to affected vehicles. Customer notifications will begin shortly.

Vehicles with six-cylinder engines are not affected by the recall. Additional Journey and Freemont populations also are subject to this campaign. They comprise an estimated 43,679 vehicles in Canada; 46,231 in Mexico; and 115,405 outside the NAFTA region.

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