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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is launching an investigation into 146,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs from the 2012 model year, The Detroit News reports. This comes as the result of the government safety agency receiving three complaints from owners who cited fires inside the Jeep's cabin.

According to the report, NHTSA says:

"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."

And it gets worse. In one incident, the fire apparently caused the sunroof to shatter, and in another, the fire spread to the passenger seat because the burning sun visor fell from the headliner. A Chrysler spokesperson tells The Detroit News that the automaker will be fully cooperating with NHTSA's investigation of these Grand Cherokee models. Chrysler is reportedly investigating this problem itself, as well.

Depending on the results of the investigation, a recall may be issued to prevent future fires from occurring in other Grand Cherokees. If that happens, hopefully it won't create as much controversy as the last time NHTSA requested that Jeep vehicles be recalled.


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      sgentilejr
      • 1 Year Ago
      When any wire in any 12 volt DC electric system overheats, smolders, melts down and burns starting a fire ___ there is a design problem with the fuses that are used that are supposed to blow preventing such fires.. Either the fuse used is too high of an amperage or there is no fuse at all in the circuit for some of the wires under the headliner. Fuses are supposed to blow when their is any type of short in the wiring. Apparently the problem is serious, because the fuse is either not there or not preventing these incidents from happening.
      Radioactive Flea
      • 1 Year Ago
      Funny. The same thing happened to my wife's Passat. It was the worst car we ever owned. In the shop all the time. I traded it for a Legacy GT.
      Essende
      • 1 Year Ago
      As much as I like the design of the newest Jeep Grand Cherokee, I used to have a Wrangler and to put it short, it was the worst reliable car I ever had and it' snot even close. Also, a couple of my friends ride various Jeep models (a lot of issues) and recently a transmission went out on a year old Liberty. To me Jeep is the equivalent of Harley Davidson. Still riding on that WW2 wave and both have a lot of blind followers even though the quality is lacking and technology in general is really behind (especially Harley).
        Smilez1105
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Essende
        I'm calling you out on that one. Not buying it one bit.
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          Smilez1105
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Smilez1105
          I also call out people that say they had 5 vehicles from one manufacturer, claim that they all horribly fell apart. Um, after the 1st, possibly even the second one, wouldn't you stop buying them? And it's not like they fell apart brand new. Not saying they should have fallen apart at all, but still.
          FutureDoc
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Smilez1105
          Used to be a Chrysler Family. My family's last cars were '98 Sebring (Conv), '00 Neon, '06 Sebring (Conv), 2006 Charger. (New Yorkers/LeBarons before that) The only one we have now is the '00 Neon with 66K (rattles constantly but is used as a short commuter sacrificed to the parking garage gods of door dings). All else were Dogs. Charger 2.7 front suspension collapsed, brake issues, transmission at 66K . Both Sebrings fell apart, for the '98 transmission at 125K and torque converter, '06 went down due to a thermostat issue (as well as 3 CD players, the passenger seat collapse, various electronics, brakes, water leakage all before 90K). The funniest part was being quoted 2.4K for a water pump and the repair guy suggesting we trade it in... we did. Camry. I broke the tradition bought a '01 MR2 back in 2006 because and I did less to it in the first 5 years (only a rear caliper replacement) than either new Chrysler bought that same year. I like the Pentastar folks but never again.
          Smilez1105
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Smilez1105
          "You are so dumb it is just bizarre," What does that even mean? And jump the shark much? I'm not calling out Essende For owning a Jeep, but way to draw conclusions. Going a little over the top with the reliability claims as well. You're making it sound as though every other Jeep is a POS. CR is your source huh? There goes your credibility. I'm not saying they are the most reliable vehicles either. I know they don't score as well as others. But people like you who take the ratings and create an end-all-be-all about a vehicle are simply not too intelligent. I tend to not believe people that say, "Me and every person I know had a ________ and they were all garbage." That's just trolling and if you can't see that....well, see above.
          clquake
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Smilez1105
          Have you ever experienced a brake failure @ 80 mph? How about when flames come right at you while you're driving? I'm never going to give Chrysler another shot at me, and I'll keep hating them for real reasons which you won't understand, but don't you ever downplay a life threatening situation.
          clquake
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Smilez1105
          Chrysler products have tried to kill me twice. One was a Dodge Daytona (engine fire, 2 days old), the other a Viper (brake failure the biggest, among numerous small items at 2K miles). You tell me if I should give Chrysler a shot at number 3.
        dadiscool
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Essende
        Have U ever owned a Harley?
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          @dadiscool
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        zerofoo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Essende
        Yeah, my 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee with 150,000 miles is a real problem car. A family friend has a late 90s Jeep Grand Cherokee and he got rid of it with 250,000 miles. These cars are so bad, that I just bought a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
      Slick Willy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Chrysler products have the worst electrical systems!
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        @Slick Willy
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      • 1 Year Ago
      Assembly line workers forgetting to distinguish their blunts.
      A A
      • 1 Year Ago
      Chrysler engineering never ceases to amaze.
      GR
      • 1 Year Ago
      Every Jeep and every Ferrari should just come with a fire extinguisher in the cabin.
      RGT881
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not good to have this happen with an iconic, bread and butter model for Chrysler. Who is building these things and where?! Are they too busy smoking pot on Belle Isle?
      friend
      • 1 Year Ago
      How the hell does the headliner spontaneously catch on fire?
        FutureDoc
        • 1 Year Ago
        @friend
        ... it doesn't. Something behind the headliner is creating the spark/heat that then ignites the headliner.
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        @friend
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        Jesus!
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        @friend
        It probably has something to do with a certain technology option and the wires or whatever is up there.
      the.fog
      • 1 Year Ago
      Man, you can REALLY tell that Jeep is on NHTSA's **** list.
      Boatweasil
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well the reason these fires or other problems happen with Chrysler has over paid pot smoking and alcohol drinking lazy workers who drink and smoke on there overly taken breaks and they all still have there worthless union jobs. They were caught on Tape by a local TV News show and nothing ever happened to them. There union protected these people, and it's a very sad shame that these people have no regards for the buying public or other car brand drivers. So this is what will happen to innocent Chrysler auto buyers.
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      S.
      • 1 Year Ago
      The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire
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