NHTSA Investigating 2015 Jeep Cherokee Fires
Regulators Open Case After Reports of Smoke, Flames
Quickly becoming the brand’s best-selling model, the Jeep Cherokee has become a major hit for the brand, eclipsing even the iconic Wrangler and Grand Cherokee in sales over the last few months. That said, the Cherokee has not been without its share of issues. It’s official launch was delayed over transmission calibration issues, and now, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is launching an investigation into as many as 50,415 model year 2015 Cherokees after a report of a new model with less than 100 miles on it spontaneously burst into flames and another report of smoke coming from beneath the hood at highway speeds, according to Reuters. Nobody was seriously injured in either incident. FCA US said it is aware of the cases and is cooperating with the agency.
The investigation is yet another example of the NHTSA’s scrutiny of FCA’s SUV brand, with regulators keeping the heat on the company to expedite the recall effort on1997-2004 Grand Cherokee and Liberty models by adding rear trailer hitch assemblies to act as a barrier to fuel tank rupturing. Chrysler said the models met all existing federal safety standards at the time they were built, but several more deaths from crashes involving those models in recent months have heightened the sense of urgency.