The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has upgraded its investigation into 593,000 Chrysler SUVs for fire incidents involving the vehicles’ headliners.
The 2011-2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs now have three injury allegations reported to NHTSA, which believes there may be 52 unique fire incidents. The investigation has now been upgraded to an engineering analysis and Chrysler’s engineers are probing the concern while fully supporting NHTSA’s investigation.
“Customers reported a range of fire conditions ranging from minor overheating to an open flame at the headliner and/or sun visor material while driving the vehicle,” NHTSA said. “In some reports, the fire spread to the front seats and/or door panels of the vehicle. In one report, the sunroof was damaged causing the glass to shatter. The cause of these fires is an electrical short in the vanity lighting wiring circuit that is routed to either one of the sun visors.”
The investigation originally covered 146,000 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokees but now has been expanded to include the Dodge Durango and two more model years. The upgrade is a necessary step before NHTSA can demand that the American automaker recalls the affected vehicles.
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