NHTSA Closes Investigation on Jeep and Ford image

The NHTSA announced it ends investigations into the 2004-05 Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey and the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee without any recall.

According to the NHTSA, the Jeep investigation analyzed possible fire risks the moment the power steering hoses became detached, while the Ford investigation took into consideration tire-changing jacks. Both investigations where ended without any recall, the NHTSA saying that the issues didn’t pose serious safety concerns.

The NHTSA opened investigation in July into 107,000 Chrysler SUVs for fire risks in power steering hose blow-offs. The Administration said that it received 24 complaints about this failure caused by dislodged power steering cooler fins in some early-production cars, but none of these reports alleged fire or even smoke in the engine compartment. It was also discovered that the reported engine compartment fires had nothing to do with faulty hoses.

The NHTSA also said it was closing the investigation on 205,000 Mercury Monterey and Ford Freestar and minivans, 2004-2005 models, regarding complaints related to faulty scissor jacks, which failed at the slotted hinge joints by bending at midpoints.

“The complaint trend in (NHTSA) and Ford data is flat if not declining,” NHTSA said in closing its investigation.