NHTSA Investigates Jeep Grand Cherokee And Dodge Durango For Fire Risk
Posted on behalf of Gordon & Partners on Feb 07, 2014 in Auto Accidents
After having received 5 complaints directly from consumers and word of 36 more that were reported to Chrysler, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has just announced an investigation into a potential fire risk that is believed to have stemmed from electrical wiring that connects the vanity lights in sun visors of 2011-13 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango vehicles.
In a statement from the NHTSA:
"Customers reported a range of fire conditions ranging from minor overheating to an open flame at the headliner and/or sun visor material while driving the vehicle. In some reports the fire spread to the front seats and/or door panels of the vehicle. In one report, the sunroof was damaged causing the glass to shatter."
According to sources, there is no dedicated fuse in the vanity light system, therefore any wiring short would not be resolved until the vehicle is switched off.
This is a developing story. Be sure to visit www.fortheinjured.com for the latest updates.