The possible risk of a power steering hose failure in the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee is prompting an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration because leaked power steering fluid might cause a fire.
As an issue in its preliminary stages, there isn’t any guarantee that a recall will follow, but NHTSA opened the case after receiving a complaint and reviewing Chrysler’s early warning report submission to the government agency. There were also two other complaints about engine compartment fires while driving.
Automakers are required to submit such data as a safeguard to consumers, but this has already been a difficult model year for the Grand Cherokee anyway. Controversy around Swedish magazine Teknikens Varld’s “moose test” stirred a media storm after the publication said the Jeep suffered from potentially fatal rollover risk.
The rollover risk was one that Consumer Reports found similar, albeit not nearly as severe, fault with while testing the 2011 model year. At the time, it made Chrysler aware of the issue, prompting an adjustment to the truck’s electronics and traction control. In light of the new test, AutoGuide spoke with NHTSA to determine if any new tests would be conducted, but it seems an investigation into that issue won’t happen.