Jeep Cherokee Fire Prompts NHTSA Investigation

Jeep Cherokee Fire Prompts NHTSA Investigation

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is opening an investigation into 50,000 Jeep Cherokee crossovers for fire risks.

This comes after the safety agency received a report that claims a 2015 Cherokee “was engulfed in flames approximately 20 feet high within seconds of parking the vehicle.”  The fire occurred in the engine bay and started right after the vehicle was shut off.

NHTSA also says it has field report data submitted as part of the early warning reporting system that somehow relates to the alleged fire risk. This investigation is an example of NHTSA’s new strict attitude towards safety as the agency opened the investigation the same day it received the report.

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The Cherokee in question was purchased on January 2 from Perry Chrysler Jeep in National City, Calif., and it had been driven less than 100 miles when the fire occurred. The driver complained of an oil smell right before the fire occurred.

A Chrysler spokesman says that the company is currently investigating the incident and is fully cooperating with NHTSA.

[Source: Detroit News]

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