NHTSA opens fire probes into Cruze, Wrangler image

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Sunday that it was investigating reports of engine fires in the Chevrolet Cruze and the Jeep Wrangler. NHTSA received two complaints about the 2011 Cruze and eight reports about the 2010 Wrangler.

According to complaints a driver with a 2011 Cruze Eco was 30 miles into a 43-mile trip last month when smoke started coming out from under the hood. As soon as the driver stopped, flames began shooting out from the car.

The investigation into the Cruze covers 177,000 vehicles, while the Jeep Wrangler investigation covers 100,000 vehicles.

GM told the AP it knew of no deaths or injuries, and said it was cooperating with the investigation.
Chrysler, in a statement, noted the investigation is not a recall, and it said it was cooperating fully.

“Chrysler Group is aware of a small number of incidents involving engine compartment fires in 2010 Jeep Wrangler vehicles. Vehicle fires are very complex and can occur for a number of reasons that have nothing to do with the vehicle itself.

Poor maintenance, improper vehicle use or installation of aftermarket equipment often are causes of vehicle fires.”