Monday, August 26, 2013

NHTSA Investigating 2012 Jeep Cherokee Fires


The AP (8/23) reported, “U.S. auto safety regulators are investigating complaints that the ceilings can catch fire in 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs.” Yesterday, NHTSA announced the probe, which “covers an estimated 146,000 of the popular sport utility vehicles.” The article writes that “Investigators will decide if the problem is serious enough to warrant a recall.”

        The Detroit News (8/23, Shepardson, 665K) reported, NHTSA “said it is launching a preliminary investigation into 146,000 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs after receiving three reports alleging the vehicle’s interior caught fire near the passenger-side sun visor.” The agency said on the matter, “The customers reported a burning odor and visible smoke coming from the headliner while the vehicle was being driven. This was followed by flames from the headliner itself. Customers lowered the windows in an effort to clear the smoke, but this increased the fire’s intensity. All three vehicles had to be extinguished with a fire extinguisher or by the fire department as they continued to burn after the vehicle was turned off.”

        Reuters (8/23) also covered this story.

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