- NHTSA has opened an investigation into an estimated 79,252 2012 Jeep Liberty SUVs after two reports alleging the driver's door caught fire.
- NHTSA said it has received one report of an injury.
- The complaints said the driver's side door caught fire during driving or while parked.
WASHINGTON — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into an estimated 79,252 2012 Jeep Liberty SUVs after two reports alleging the driver's door caught fire.
NHTSA said it has received one report of an injury.
The complaints said the driver's side door caught fire during driving or while parked. The fires were reported in the area of the driver's master power window switch.
"The consumers report a burning odor and smoke coming from the driver's door followed by visible flames," said NHTSA in its summary of the investigation. "In both 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."
Federal safety regulators have opened a preliminary evaluation into the matter. Such an action sometimes precedes a vehicle recall.
"Customer safety is paramount at Chrysler Group," wrote Eric Mayne, a Chrysler spokesman, in response to an Edmunds query on Friday. "Accordingly, our engineers are investigating these two reports while also fully supporting the inquiry initiated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration."
Edmunds says: The 2012 Jeep Liberty has not been recalled at this point, so there's not much that consumers can do except to wait for federal safety regulators to finish their work.