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DaimlerChrysler Recalls Jeep Grand Cherokees Because of Fire Concerns

WASHINGTON June 12, 2006; The AP reported that DaimlerChrysler AG said Monday that it was recalling about 111,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees after receiving reports of injuries from fires caused by overheated front seat warmers.

The automaker said it had received 32 complaints of the front seat electric heater element overheating or leading to a fire.

Fifteen injuries, mostly from burns to the legs, were reported, said DaimlerChrysler spokesman Max Gates.

DaimlerChrysler does not know of any crashes or deaths resulting from the defect, Gates said. The automaker has been sued by six individuals asserting reduced sensitivity in their lower extremities, he said.

The recall involves the 2003-2004 model years of the Grand Cherokee sport utility vehicle with heated seats. Owners are expected to receive letters about the recall in July.

In a separate action, Audi AG said it was recalling 54,000 A6 and S6 sedans from the 1998-2000 model years because of concerns about fires in the driver's side dashboard. No accidents or injuries have been reported, spokeswoman Jennifer Cortez said.

Cortez said Audi knew of some cases of reported fires but did not have a precise number.