Jeep Grand Cherokee Clears NHTSA Fire Probe
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) concluded its investigation into Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs over the risk of possible engine fires and announced that the defect responsible did not pose a major safety hazard to drivers.
The Associated Press (AP) reports the federal agency examined more than 100,000 Cherokees last July after complaints that fluid was splashing onto their engines from loose power steering hoses. However, after the agency examined 24 vehicles with the problem, it determined that the defect was inside the hose and was rectified soon after the SUVs went into production.
Reports said that the complaints registered were found in Grand Cherokees manufactured between November 2011 and December 2011. The issues happened within 7 months of the vehicles being sold and were repaired under warranty by Chrysler.
Although the company has made changes and eliminated the possibility of the hose coming loose, the NHTSA will continue to monitor the vehicles.
The NHTSA found five incidents of engine fire, but the probe revealed that they were caused by other reasons and none of the spills resulted in a fire or crash, reports AP.
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