Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com
April 2, 2012
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened investigations into the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze and the 2010 Jeep Wrangler for engine fires.
The government agency received two complaints about fires on the Cruze and eight for the Wrangler, with some owners reporting their vehicles were completely destroyed.
In the two complaints for the Chevrolet Cruze, both reported the fires began while the vehicle was in motion. A Cruze Eco owner reported seeing smoke coming from the engine bay, and the vehicle was completely engulfed in flames five minutes after coming to a stop.
In the eight complaints for the Jeep Wrangler, seven of them report the fires began while the vehicle was running. One said that a burning liquid was pouring onto the ground and that couldn't be put out with water.
Back in 2010, Chrysler issued a recall for certain Wrangler models to address automatic transmission fluid that could overheat and expel onto hot surfaces, causing a fire.
Both Chrysler and General Motors are cooperating with NHTSA.
Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)