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 |  Apr 02 2012, 9:20 AM

Possible engine fires in the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze are being investigated by NHTSA after two have been completely destroyed.

Luckily no injuries have been reported with the fires, which Cruze owners are reporting began while the cars were moving. One complaint from a Cruze owner said, “The car was totally engulfed within five minutes of stopping, and it was only after the first sign of fire was visible that the warning light on the dashboard illuminated.” The driver was 30 miles into a 43-mile trip.

If there is indeed a recall on the Cruze, it could be a costly one depending on the defect. Chevrolet sold 177,000 2011 Cruzes and is cooperating with the investigation.

 |  Apr 02 2012, 7:31 AM

Four Jeep Wrangler SUVs have been completely destroyed due to a fire, with eight total incidents having been reported to NHTSA. Most of the reports state that the fires began while the vehicles were moving.

In one instance however, the Wrangler was parked and running when it suddenly turned off. The owner attempted to restart the vehicle when someone outside started yelling fire. “Once out of the Jeep I looked under it and saw and unknown liquid burning down to the ground from the engine area. I attempted to extinguish the fire with water but I was unsuccessful. Within minutes it was a total loss,” the owner reported to NHTSA.

As a result of these troubling fires, the NHTSA has officially opened an investigation into the 2010 Jeep Wrangler.

Chrysler has commented that it is aware of the incidents, but luckily no injuries or accidents have been associated to the fire damage. 131,000 2010 Jeep Wranglers were sold in total.