DaimlerChrysler is recalling 438,391 Chrysler PT Cruisers because of a flaw that could cause an under-bonnet fire but right-hand drive export models are not affected.


There have been nine reports of fires but no injuries or deaths, DaimlerChrysler US spokeswoman Curtrise Garner told the Associated Press (AP), which noted that the recall covers PT Cruisers from model years 2001 to 2005.


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reportedly said on Friday that a high-pressure power steering hose can loosen and come into contact with other parts of the vehicle – if the hose is punctured and power steering fuel leaks out, a fire can start.


Garner told Associated Press that the company will inspect the hoses for free, make sure they are routed correctly and replace them if necessary, “The likelihood of a fire is very, very low,” she reportedly added.


Garner told AP the company hasn’t determined when it will begin notifying US PT Cruiser owners about the recall.


Right hand drive vehicles sold in the UK are not affected, a local DaimlerChrysler spokeswoman told just-auto.