Feds Close Probe Into 2012 Jeep Liberty Door Fires Without Ordering Recall | Edmunds

Feds Close Probe Into 2012 Jeep Liberty Door Fires Without Ordering Recall


Just the Facts:
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has closed an investigation into 104,593 2012 Jeep Liberty SUVs after reports of door fires linked to the driver's side power master window switch.
  • The vehicles will not be recalled.
  • "The overall failure rate for the (switch) appears to be low and the failure rate for those that resulted in fires is even lower," NHTSA said in a statement on its Web site on Thursday.

WASHINGTON — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has closed an investigation into 104,593 2012 Jeep Liberty SUVs after reports of door fires linked to the driver's side power master window switch.

 The vehicles will not be recalled.

"The overall failure rate for the (switch) appears to be low and the failure rate for those that resulted in fires is even lower," NHTSA said in a statement on its Web site on Thursday. "Additionally, the data does not indicate a trend, climatic, or regional effects indicative of an actionable defect issue. A safety-related defect trend has not been identified at this time and further use of agency resources does not appear to be warranted."

NHTSA opened an investigation into the Liberty after reports of the driver's side door catching on fire during driving or while parked due to the failure of the power master window switch.

There were 265 warranty claims linked to the investigation and one confirmed fire, according to the federal safety agency.

NHTSA also examined complaints for 425,000 other Chrysler vehicles that use the same switch, including the 2011 Dodge Nitro, 2011-'12 Jeep Liberty and 2011 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Caravan.

Edmunds says: NHTSA says it will continue to monitor the issue and reserves the right to take further action if warranted by the circumstances.

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