The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is closing its investigation of certain Jeep vehicles for a potential fire risk without seeking a recall.
The investigation of 104,000 Jeep Liberty SUVs will conclude without a recall being requested of Chrysler by NHTSA after reports of door fires linked to the driver’s side power master window switch were reported. During the course of the investigation, the agency determined that one of the complaint fires was unlikely to have been caused by a switch failure after evidence indicated the fire started in the dash opposite the door panel area.
Only one confirmed fire report is believed to be linked to the switch and in total, there are 265 warranty claims for power master switches for all the vehicles that used it. According to NHTSA, “the overall failure rate for the (switch) which used in a large population of vehicles, appears to be low, and the failure rate for those that resulted in fires is even lower. Additionally the data does not indicate a trend, climatic, or regional effects indicative of an actionable defect issue.”
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