The Detroit News reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has officially closed its investigations into 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee, 2004-2005 Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey models. The separate probes found no issues that pose safety concerns. NHTSA began investigating certain Grand Cherokee SUVs over complaints that power steering hoses could detach during operation, thereby increasing the risk of a vehicle fire. Of the 24 reports of failure, none alleged smoke or fire in the engine bay, and Chrysler has since modified the power steering cooler assembly to reduce the likelihood of the failure.

Meanwhile, certain Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey vehicles garnered a government probe after receiving complaints that the models were equipped with faulty scissor jacks. The agency had received six reports of the jacks failing or causing injuries, including one incident that resulted in a fatality. But NHTSA says the jack failure rate is similar to those found in other vehicles. In those six cases, the government agency found the jacks were being used for something other than changing a tire, and investigators could not determine whether the emergency brake was set or the rear tires were properly chocked.


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      m_2012
      • 1 Year Ago
      "In those six cases, the government agency found the jacks were being used for something other than changing a tire"... What, may I ask, were these jacks being used for when they failed? I would love to see that report. Jacking up their mobile home to level the meth lab?
      Andre Neves
      • 1 Year Ago
      Of course.
      misterbertram
      • 1 Year Ago
      probe. lol
      • 1 Year Ago
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      56Jalopy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Scissor jacks are and have always been a use at your own risk item.
      Brodz
      • 1 Year Ago
      You would think that manufacturers would come together to design the best jack for the end user and themselves. Come on Detroit, design an awesome universal jack, don't leave it up to suppliers, they'll just keep making the same thing.
        Rich
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Brodz
        That was outsourced decades ago, its a manufacturing issue now.
      dal
      • 1 Year Ago
      Never under stood why they don't just put hydralic jacks at each corner of you car and them all you need do is turn on the engines and hit a switch, wa la! half the labor of changing a tire gone. They could even make it be self leveling like the RV's have. It would be an option I would gladly pay extra for.
      Clark
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think the real issue is if you think you have power steering and all of the sudden you don't. That would alter the characteristics radically enough to pose "a safety concern". Way to focus on the fire scenario though.
        Rich
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Clark
        At -5mph sure, after 25mph you'd be fine unless you are a snobby 80lbs asian grandmother.