Jeep Grand Cherokee investigated over ceiling fire image

Federal safety inspectors have opened an investigation into nearly 150, 000 2012 model year Jeep Grand Cherokees after three vehicles caught fire.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it opened the evaluation into the vehicles this month to determine the risks posed after reports that the headliner in the roof of three vehicles caught fire near the passenger side sun visor.

Chrysler said its engineers are also researching thoroughly the reported incidents while also “fully supporting” NHTSA’s effort. An estimated 146, 000 Jeep Grand Cherokees are involved in this new investigation.

No fatalities were reported, but in one case the fire caused the sunroof to shatter. In another, the fire spread to the passenger seat when the burning sun visor fell onto the seat. In each case the fires had to be put out by fire extinguishers or the fire department and the vehicles were inoperable after that.