2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee being investigated for engine fires
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened an investigation into the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee following reports of power steering hose failure and alleged engine fires.

The NHTSA's Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) has received one complaint of a power steering return hose failure in a model year 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicle.

ODI has also identified additional incidents of power steering hose failure in the subject vehicles in field reports submitted by Chrysler in its Early Warning Reporting submissions. Power steering fluid may be ignited by hot surfaces in the engine compartment.

ODI has also received two reports alleging engine compartment fires while driving in the subject vehicles. Both complaints were received within the last month and allege severe fires resulting in total vehicle loss with the cause as yet undetermined.

One of the complaints reported fluid dripping beneath the vehicle during the incident. A Preliminary Evaluation has been opened by ODI to assess the cause, scope and frequency of the alleged defect. This evaluation will also determine what, if any, additional steps need to be taken, including a potential recall.