Fiat Chrysler recalls about 350K SUVS; engine covers could come loose and cause fires

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Fiat Chrysler is recalling nearly 350,000 crossover SUVs to fix engine covers that could come loose and catch fire.

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The recall covers Dodge Journeys and Fiat Freemonts from the 2011 through 2015 model years. They have 2.4-Liter four-cylinder engines.

The company says it discovered the issue after investigating three incidents in Chile. In each case the SUVs were driven on unpaved or uneven surfaces. Fires can happen if a loose cover comes in contact with hot exhaust system parts. Fiat Chrysler reported one minor injury.

Customers may hear a noise from the engine compartment or smell a burning odor before a fire happens.

Dealers will install new hardware to better hold the covers in place.

About 144,000 of the recalled vehicles are in the U.S.