AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) – DaimlerChrysler is recalling 438,391 PT Cruisers because of a flaw that can cause a fire under the hood.

Curtrise Garner, a spokeswoman for the automaker, said there have been nine reports of fires but no injuries or deaths.

The recall covers PT Cruisers from model years 2001 to 2005.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said 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.

On the Net:

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov

DaimlerChrysler: http://www.daimlerchrysler.com

AP-ES-06-04-04 1445EDT



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