Not only supercars burst into flames, it seems. Recently, two 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokees have reportedly caught fire, prompting an investigation from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The agency announced it has opened preliminary investigations into 106,803 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs as leaking power steering fluid hoses may cause fires.
Two fires were reported to the NHTSA since May, while a third report involved the loss of power steering fluid leading to power steering failure. One of the two Jeeps that burned had only 35 miles on the odometer when it burst into flames.
“While driving approximately 50 mph, the owner glanced into the rearview mirror and noticed smoke outside of the vehicle. Immediately the vehicle was maneuvered to the side of the road. Suddenly massive flames erupted from under the hood,” reads NHTSA’s report of the incident. Basicly, the fires are caused by power steering fluid that leaks on hot engine components.
In a separate investigation, 230,000 2009-2010 Dodge Ram 1500 pickups are scrutinized for a failure in the differential that can cause the rear wheels to lock up. NHTSA has received 12 complaints so far on this issue. Eight drivers said the incidents occured at speeds of 35 mph or greater, with the cars spinning or skidding out of control.