Just two months after the back-and-forth between Jeep and NHTSA over a fire risk in 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty models, the NHTSA is now investigating 146,000 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee models for a fire risk related to the headliner, according to a report from the The Detroit News.
NHTSA said it has received reports of three fires in Jeep Grand Cherokee models that started in the headliner near the passenger-side sun visor. These three owners said that smoke was visibly coming from the headliner, which then led to flames coming from the headliner. In one incident, heat from the fire reportedly caused the sunroof to shatter, and in another the fire spread to the front passenger seat when the flaming headliner fell.
Chrysler and NHTSA will now work together on a preliminary investigation which could lead to another recall depending on the findings.
In June, NHTSA recalled 2.7 million Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty SUVs for a risk of fire in a rear-end collision due to possible fuel leakage from the fuel tank. Chrysler originally opposed the request for a recall, saying that the vehicles met all safety standards for fuel system integrity when the vehicles were new. However, just a few weeks later, they agreed to recall the vehicles while still maintaining that the vehicles were not defective.
In response to this latest investigation, a Chrysler spokesman told The Detroit News that safety is a priority for the company and mentioned the 2012 Grand Cherokee’s high safety scores. We’ll see whether this investigation into 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee fire risk amounts to anything.
Source: The Detroit News