The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened up investigations into more than 335,000 Chrysler Group vehicles, following reports of fires in Jeep Grand Cherokee models and rear wheel failures in the Dodge Ram 1500. According to documents posted to the NHTSA website, 106,803 Grand Cherokees and 230,000 2009-2010 Ram 1500s are being investigated.

There have been two reports of fires in the Grand Cherokee since May, and a third complaint regarding the JGC losing power steering fluid, resulting in a loss of power steering.

One of the owners whose vehicle caught fire says that he saw power steering fluid in his driveway prior to the incident. NHSTA suspects that the power steering fluid may be leaking onto hot surfaces in the engine compartment.

Additionally, NHSTA is opening up an investigation in the 2009-2010 Dodge Ram, following 12 complaints of rear differential failure, causing rear wheel lock-up.

In the 12 incidents, the common thread appears to be a loosening of the rear differential pinion nut. The majority of these complaints allege that situation resulted in the drive shaft locking up. One report claims that the driveshaft detached and punctured the fuel tank.

This report follows a successful sales month for the Grand Cherokee. June was the best month in sales for the all-road Jeep since 2005, and sales are up 38 percent for the first six months of 2012. Among Chrysler vehicles, the 75,117 units of the Grand Cherokee sold are second only to to the Ram, which sold 138,581 units in the first half of 2012.


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      baibu36
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am currently renting a chrokee laredo very dissapointed. horrible dash layout,the speedometer is off to the side half blocked by the steering wheel. the gauges have black back ground dhite letters the needle is dark red sunk deep dark and hard to see.The cruise control buttons do not work half the time .I will not buy one of these vehicles.
      White
      • 2 Years Ago
      How about the "Death Wobble" on the TJ/Wranglers of 2003 or is that too old to have any problems STILL.?
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      LifeLongCarGuy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Thanks Autoblog. We went to take a look at a JGC yesterday. The Overland Edition. What a nice vehicle! However, this safety issue takes it off of our short list. I'm not paying that kind of money and put my family in a potentially dangerous vehicle.
      thedriveatfive
      • 2 Years Ago
      Im surprised they aren't investigating why the transmission spontaneously decides to go into reverse, happens on rams too.
      mapoftazifosho
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder if this will "spread" to the Durango as well? http://www.autoblog.com/2011/04/11/video-dodge-durango-catches-fire-during-d-c-cherry-blossom-par/
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      DraGuLa
      • 2 Years Ago
      138k Rams sold in the first six months? They spend a crap load of money on all those commercials and they sell less than 150k trucks in six months. And truck sales have been relatively strong this year. I guess that doesn't apply to Ram. They should be investigating why their trucks don't sell better!
      TOPDOGG20
      • 2 Years Ago
      I Love my 012 Grand Cherokee overland. NO problems to report. Every manufacture has troubles with there cars just look to the lines at the Dealers in the morning.
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