Report of Engine Compartment Fire Leads to Jeep Cherokee Investigation

Report of Engine Compartment Fire Leads to Jeep Cherokee Investigation
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January 22, 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened a defect investigation affecting an estimated 50,415 model year 2015 Jeep Cherokee SUVs.

NHTSA's Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) has received one consumer complaint alleging a severe engine compartment fire that resulted in a total vehicle loss.

The consumer alleges that the entire vehicle was engulfed in flames approximately 20 feet high within seconds of parking the vehicle. The complainant noted white smoke coming from under the hood immediately after parking the vehicle and turning the ignition off.

Additionally, ODI has identified field report data submitted as part of Early Warning Reporting (EWR) that relates to the alleged defect.

A Preliminary Evaluation has been opened by ODI to assess the cause, scope and frequency of the alleged defect. ODI will then make a determination as to whether the evidence warrants further investigation into the issue.

The investigation could eventually lead to a safety recall of all affected Jeep Cherokee vehicles.