The Jeep Liberty has already had plenty of attention for possible fires thanks to the first-gen model's fuel tank, but now the midsize Jeep is under the microscope of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for another fire-related concern. NHTSA has opened an investigation for the 2012 Liberty after receiving two reports of electrical fires in the driver's door.

According to the investigation summary, around 80,000 vehicles could potentially be affected by this problem. In both reported fires, the drivers noticed smoke and then flames from the master power window switch, and they had to pull to a stop and exit through the passenger side of the SUV. According to Autoguide, there was one injury to a motorist who suffered burned fingers while trying to open the driver's door.

Interestingly, the Dodge Nitro is not yet involved in this investigation, even though it was still around for the 2012 model year; the Nitro ended production in 2011 about a year before the final Liberty rolled off the line for the 2013 model year. Scroll down for the official NHTSA investigation summary.
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INVESTIGATION Subject : Driver's Side Door Fires

Date Investigation Opened: OCT 21, 2013
Date Investigation Closed: Open
NHTSA Action Number: PE13034
Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

All Products Associated with this Investigation
Vehicle MakeModelModel Year(s)
JEEP LIBERTY 2012

Manufacturer: Chrysler Group LLC

SUMMARY:
The Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) has received two reports from consumers alleging the driver's door caught fire in the area of the driver's master power window switch (MPWS). The consumers report a burning odor and smoke coming from the driver's door followed by visible flames. In both instances, the driver had to stop the vehicle and exit through the passenger side to egress the vehicle. In addition to the fire, consumers reported erratic function of the windows and door locks resulting in them activating on their own while the fire was occurring. According to a complainant, one of the vehicles caught fire a second time after it was repaired. Both incidents resulted in disablement of the vehicle that required towing. NHTSA is opening this investigation to evaluate the scope, frequency, and consequence of the alleged defect. The ODI reports cited above can be reviewed at http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/owners/SearchNHTSAID under the following identification (ODI) numbers: 10504021 and 10459029.


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      nocommie11
      • 1 Year Ago
      Only in 'Murica can a car company set the doors on fire. What's next, setting water on fire?
        The_Zachalope
        • 1 Year Ago
        @nocommie11
        Honda had this same issue a few years ago with the Fit.
          FutureDoc
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The_Zachalope
          That was when you left the windows down in the rain... in South Africa
        • 1 Year Ago
        @nocommie11
        [blocked]
        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        @nocommie11
        and Jeep setting the headliner on fire.
        clquake
        • 1 Year Ago
        @nocommie11
        Water burns. Just watch Gasland.
      Jesus!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Such a good looking car. Too bad it was from the daimler era when Chrysler had no choice but to make crappy cars. If this vehicle was up to their current quality standards today, I would have bought one easily. Unfortunately, we get good quality on the new Jeep Jack-o-lantern Cherokee. Shame. Sigh.
        omgcool
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jesus!
        Take a glance at one every day. You may end up appreciating it.. I did.
      the.fog
      • 1 Year Ago
      So... We'll investigate Jeep fires. But not Tesla fires.
      Lastchance
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not surprising since it is a DiamlerChrysler model. The doors catching on fire is about the one thing that has not happened on my 2004 Liberty. Hopefully Fiat can turn Chrysler around but I am not sure about it.
      charles
      • 1 Year Ago
      CHECK THIS SITE TO SEE WHO COPIED THE CHEROKEE GRILL.http://www.carscoops.com/2013/05/new-bmw-pininfarina-gran-lusso-v12_24.html
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