Thursday, August 2, 2012

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee probed for fire hazard

By NBC News staff and wire reports
U.S. safety regulators have defective Chrysler Group LLC 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2009-2010 Dodge Ram 1500 investigations opened.

The national highway traffic Safey Administration said it will be examined potential power steering hose errors that could fire in about 106.800 2012 Grand Cherokees to under-hood.

NHTSA also invested in approximately 230,000 potential rear differential error, the rear wheel lock and loss of vehicle control 2009-2010 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup could lead.

A NHTSA defect investigation is often a prelude for a vehicle safety recall.

NHTSA Office of investigation damaged said that the hose power steering for the 2012 could are failing Grand Cherokee what to power steering leak out fluid in the engine compartment. He said the liquid "by hot surfaces in the engine compartment may be lit."

The Dodge Ram investigation said NHTSA that it 12 complaints of alleged rear differential error resulting in the rear wheel lock, including had received "a resulting crash into a concrete barrier."

Chrysler is a subsidiary of the Italian Fiat SpA.

This year, the pickup Dodge RAM is Chrysler best-selling vehicle. The Grand Cherokee is its second-best seller.

The RAM is a major money maker for Chrysler Group LLC. The company sold almost 377,000 of the truck in 2009 and 2010, but some of these sales were from other model years.

Chrysler spokesman Eric Mayne said that all customers who are concerned about their vehicles should visit their dealers. He said that the RAM and Grand Cherokee extensively tested, to ensure the durability and safety.

Reuters and associated press contributed to this report.

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