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Chrysler recalls Grand Cherokees for seat fires

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DaimlerChrysler’s Chrysler unit recalled 111,687 Jeep Grand Cherokees after some heated front seats on the sport utility vehicles caught fire.

The carmaker received 32 reports of fires or overheating, with 15 injuries, said a spokesman at Chrysler’s headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich. He said at least six lawsuits had been filed by owners who were burned. The recall affects 2003 and 2004 models.

Also, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Volkswagen was recalling 1998 through 2000 models of its Audi A6 and S6 models for a second time. A short circuit in dashboard wiring might not have been properly repaired after a 2004 recall, the agency said.