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Old 07-23-2012, 10:53 AM
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"2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee probed for fire risk"

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"2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee probed for fire risk
By NBC News staff and wire reports

U.S. safety regulators have opened defect investigations into Chrysler Group LLC's 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2009-2010 Dodge Ram 1500. The National Highway Traffic Safey Administration said it is investigating potential power steering hose failures that could lead to under-hood fires in about 106,800 2012 Grand Cherokees. NHTSA also is investing potential rear differential failures that could lead to rear wheel lock-up and loss of vehicle control in about 230,000 2009-2010 Dodge Ram 1500 pickups. A NHTSA defect investigation is often a prelude to a vehicle safety recall. NHTSA's Office of Defect Investigation said the power steering hose on the 2012 Grand Cherokee could fail, resulting in power steering fluid leakage in the engine compartment. It said the fluid "may be ignited by hot surfaces in the engine compartment." In the Dodge Ram investigation, NHTSA said it had received 12 complaints of alleged rear differential failures resulting in rear wheel lock-up, including "one resulting in a crash into a concrete barrier." Chrysler is an affiliate of Italy's Fiat SpA.
The Dodge Ram pickup is Chrysler's top-selling vehicle this year. The Grand Cherokee is its second-best seller. The Ram is an important money maker for Chrysler Group LLC. The company sold almost 377,000 of the trucks in 2009 and 2010, but some of those sales were from other model years. Chrysler spokesman Eric Mayne said any customers who are concerned about their vehicles should visit their dealers. He said the Ram and Grand Cherokee are extensively tested to ensure durability and safety.

Reuters and The Associated Press contributed to this report."
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Guess it's time to have my hoses inspected... No worries.
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I wonder if it's the hemi or pentastar?
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Fires in 2012 Grand Cherokees

Does anyone have any additional information on this? Which Engine V6 or V8 and/or which 4wd systems ?

"The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into more than 335,000 Chrysler vehicles to determine if there is a risk of fire or a risk of rear differential failure.

No recall has been issued at this time. NHTSA is investigating a number of complaints to determine which next steps, if any, need to be taken.

According to documents filed with NHTSA, 106,803 Jeep Grand Cherokees from model year 2012 are being investigated for potential fire risk. Since May, the agency has received two reports of vehicle fires and another complaint of a Grand Cherokee losing power steering. The power-steering issue may, in fact, be the cause of the fires: One of the Jeep owners who reported a fire also reported seeing power-steering fluid in the driveway before the blaze. NHTSA has said one potential cause is power-steering fluid leaking onto hot surfaces in the engine compartment"
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Old 07-23-2012, 04:09 PM
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Oh great here comes another thing like the WJ's OMG DONT DRIVE A GC IT WILL EXPLODE!

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yeah...2 fires out of what....200000 vehicles? Honestly...couldnt that happen to any vehicle? Ill be watching this as I own a durango
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Does make you wonder what is different between the '12 and '11 GC, as the '11 is not mentioned, and as far as I know, the two trucks are identical.
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Re: "2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee probed for fire risk"

I am glad the CRD has EPAS not hydrolic. I think the V6 is also electric ?
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yes...the v6 is electric...but it still has a fluid
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Does make you wonder what is different between the '12 and '11 GC, as the '11 is not mentioned, and as far as I know, the two trucks are identical.
Did the 2011 V6 not have the electric pump?
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Did the 2011 V6 not have the electric pump?
No I don't think it did. That was a 2012 addition.
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