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NHTSA Investigating Jeep, Dodge SUVs for Reoccurring Fire Risk

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/6/2015 Erick Ayapana

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating a previous recall issued by FiatChrysler Automobiles after it received complaints that the remedy isn’t working. The recall included model-year 2011- 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs to prevent a fire risk due to faulty wiring in the vanity mirror lights. Now, at least eight owners claim the recall remedy didn’t work, causing the wiring to short-circuit.

Last summer FCA issued the recall that included about 895,000 Grand Cherokee and Durango SUVs. The automaker discovered that screws mounting the sun visors to the roof may have pierced wiring for the vanity lights, which could short-circuit and lead to a fire. The automaker recalled the vehicles and installed a spacer to ensure proper wire placement. © Provided by MotorTrend

Despite the fix, at least eight owners have reported reoccurring short-circuits and fires. One owner submitted a detailed complaint claiming that their 2011 Jeep Cherokee caught fire by the sun visor while stopped at a red light. “I had to pull over, turn off the car and truly feared for my life because the car had filled with smoke,” the owner stated in the complaint.

No crashes or injuries have been reported post-recall, though at least three injuries were attributed to the original recall issued last summer.

Source: NHTSA

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