2010 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon two-door - front three quarter viewAutomotive News reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has begun two separate investigations following reports of engine fires in both 2011 Chevrolet Cruze and 2010 Jeep Wrangler models. The government agency received two complaints about fires in Cruze sedans and eight in Wrangler models, with some reporting their vehicles were completely destroyed. In both Cruze cases, the compact sedans were being driven when the fires occurred. One Cruze Eco owner reported seeing smoke emanating from the engine bay, and the vehicle was completely engulfed in flames five minutes after coming to a stop.

In seven of the Wrangler cases, the engine was running when the fires started. One owner reported seeing burning liquid pouring onto the ground that couldn't be extinguished with water. In 2010, Chrysler recalled certain Wrangler models to address automatic transmission fluid that could overheat and expel onto hot surfaces, causing fires.

Both General Motors and Chrysler are cooperating with their respective NHTSA investigations and say they are unaware of any injuries or fatalities stemming from the fires.


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      Clem Zahrobsky
      • 2 Years Ago
      GM sent out a bulletin to make sure the oil filler cap is installed correctly as it possible to not have it sealed and this could lead to a fire
        Jerry
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Clem Zahrobsky
        What about making sure the rest of the engine (i.e. valve cover, manifold gaskets, etc)?
      • 2 Years Ago
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        JDM
        • 2 Years Ago
        So true. Gotta love these fans on here that jump at an opportunity to bash others who disagree with them. Now when the shoe is on the other foot, they make up excuses. It seems to be the new American way. Blame others or bash those who don't like what you like. Domestic cars are full of issues and fires are about the worst.
        sirjaysmith
        • 2 Years Ago
        yea, instead you'll accelerate out of control in your toyota, or it'll break in half from rust and cause a wreck. pick your poison derp.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @sirjaysmith
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        Bob and Donna
        • 2 Years Ago
        domestic cars are built by companies dat build cars in every country by foreigners 99 percent of americans are from foreign countrys by origin except for idiots . guess you have to be a native that builds dem
      Tommy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lol, GM fanboys are getting all PO...
        Ed
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tommy
        I'm not a GM fanboy, I'm just pissed off at BS investigation like this. Two reports of Cruze fires doesn't deserve an investigation.
          SatinSheetMetal
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ed
          Can leaves in the engine bay cause "burning liquid pouring onto the ground?"
      Car Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Chevy has sold 250,000+ Cruze vehicles and they open an investigation over two complaints? That seems unrealistically low and there has to be more to the story they are not telling us...........
        Walt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Car Guy
        Yeah, there's more to the story, Asian brands are most likely complaining and looking for a way to slow the Cruze sales juggernaut that is cutting into the sales of dowdy Corollas and Civics.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Walt
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          Pat
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Walt
          Are you sure that it's not the Communists who are behind this (lol)
          Walt
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Walt
          You raise a good point. Why don't you check with Barry and get back to us with the details.
          Justin Campanale
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Walt
          Oh, so I'm a "domestic fanboy troll"? Do you realize that along with you, I was calling Walt out for being such a troll? Why don't you try reading my above comments. I am NOT an American fanboy.
        Generic
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Car Guy
        A fire is a little more then a complaint. While the story does seem odd (don't know why they combined two brands in to one story), fires can destroy homes and life. Aside from a personal nightmare, an insurance companies worst nightmare too. The Cruze is still a new car and it isn't acceptable for any of them to be catching fire.
        L14t
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Car Guy
        Was it not one volt that started an investigation
        Jerry
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Car Guy
        There is more to it that just 2 fires. The fires are a worst case scenario, but part of a couple more common issues. More to come on this for sure...
      Slipstream
      • 2 Years Ago
      So: now GM's gas powered vehicles offer the Volt's ability to self-immolate??? Is this a no-cost option for Government Motors? I'm shocked........sorry, no pun intended.
      Ed
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, autoblog! You deleted my comments? I can see what side you're on! GM and Chyrlser have a continued uphill battle. Not even AB will give them any breathing room.
        regionrat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ed
        You're right! Engine fires should only be reported by strong automakers who have nothing but smooth sailing ahead of them. And....who exactly would those automakers be?
      Justin Campanale
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh dear. AB is just asking for troll bait on this article. On one side: AMERICAN CARZ SUK. EVERYTHING AMERICAN WILL BLOW UP AT 20K MILES. JAPANESE CARZ DA BEST IN DA WORLD! DERP!!!!!!!! And on the other side: LOL.FUK U JAP CRAP FANBOYS GO BACK TO CHING CHONG LAND AMERICAN CARZ R WORLD CLASS! DERP!!!! And the rest, as we all know, is history.
      over9000
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is what happens when you get UAW to assemble your cars.
      lasertekk
      • 2 Years Ago
      Two fires out of what, 300,000 units? What are the stats on other random fires in other models?
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Jerry
        • 2 Years Ago
        Actually, the Cruze is 100% Opel/Daewoo, hence the horrendous warranty numbers.
      Ed
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is bull****. How many Jap cars go up in flames that are unreported everyday? This was just two Cruze models and eight Jeeps out how many they've made? That's nothing to worry about. It's was probably some aftermarket crap that the stupid owners tacked onto the vehicles. If I were a Cruze or Wrangler owner, I'd forget about this story.
        hp
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ed
        It may be a coincidence but every single car I've ever seen on fire was American made. Never seen a European or Asian car on fire.
      jshook99
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just another Government product
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