UPDATED: Alleged Door Fires Prompt Investigation into Jeep Liberty Vehicles

UPDATED: Alleged Door Fires Prompt Investigation into Jeep Liberty Vehicles
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March 13, 2014

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened an investigation into certain model year 2012 Jeep Liberty vehicles.

The NHTSA's Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) has received two reports from consumers alleging the driver's door caught fire in the area of the driver's master power window switch (MPWS). The consumers report a burning odor and smoke coming from the driver's door followed by visible flames.

In both reported instances, the driver had to stop the vehicle and exit through the passenger side to egress the vehicle. In addition to the fire, consumers reported erratic function of the windows and door locks resulting in them activating on their own while the fire was occurring.

According to a complainant, one of the vehicles caught fire a second time after it was repaired. Both incidents resulted in disablement of the vehicle that required towing.

NHTSA is opening this investigation to evaluate the scope, frequency, and consequence of the alleged defect.

The ODI reports cited above can be reviewed online under the following identification (ODI) numbers: 10504021 and 10459029.

UPDATE: This investigation has been closed. No recall has been issued. The closing of this investigation does not constitute a finding by NHTSA that a safety-related defect does not exist. The agency will monitor this issue and reserves the right to take further action if warranted by the circumstances.