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 |  Oct 25 2013, 12:35 PM

Jeep-Liberty-Main-Art“Give me liberty, or give me death!” This famous quotation is attributed to American patriot Patrick Henry. His willingness to lay down his life for a cause is enviable but we’re pretty sure he wouldn’t want to die by fire. As such it’s a good thing he doesn’t drive a Jeep Liberty.

Being dead for hundreds of years is a great way to avoid this potential danger. Chrysler’s off-road sport utility is under investigation over fire risks. Some 80,000 Jeep Liberties from the 2012 model year are being looked at by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) with furrowed brows.

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The government organization is opening a preliminary evaluation of the vehicle. This action follows two complaints about the driver’s side door bursting into flames. One injury was reported because of these fires; a motorist burned his fingers trying to open the door.

It seems there’s something awry with these vehicles’ door-mounted switches. Erratic functionality of the window and lock controls has been reported

Chrysler is looking into this potential issue. Undoubtedly the company will fully cooperate with NHTSA to get any problems sorted out.

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