NHTSA Closes Investigations of Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has officially closed separate probes into the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and 2004-2005 Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey.
The investigations found no issues that pose a safety risk to consumers. The NHTSA began investigating certain Grand Cherokee SUVs over complaints that power steering hoses could detach during operation, thereby increasing the risk of a vehicle fire.
Of the 24 reports of failure, none alleged smoke or fire in the engine bay, and Chrysler has since modified the power steering cooler assembly to reduce the likelihood of the failure.
Meanwhile, certain Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey vehicles were also being investigated after complaints surfaced alleging faulty scissor jacks.
The NHTSA had received six reports of the jacks failing or causing injuries, including one incident that resulted in a fatality. But the agency says that the jack failure rate is no different with the Freestar and Monterey than with other vehicles.
In its investigation, the NHTSA found that in those six reported incidents, the jacks were being used for something other than changing a tire, and investigators could not determine whether the emergency brake was set or the rear tires were properly chocked.