The NHTSA is investigating the safety of 146,000 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokees after the ceilings in three of the vehicles caught fire near the passenger-side sun visor while their owners were driving. The owners also reported that when they lowered their windows to clear out the smoke, the fires intensified, and had to be put out with fire extinguishers or by local fire departments. In one instance, the sunroof shattered.
Despite the damage to the vehicles, no personal injuries were reported.
In the meantime, Chrysler announced that its engineers are working with the feds to determine the cause and whether or not to issue a recall.
Earlier this month owners of 4,458 model-year 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokees (manufactured between Jan. 14-Mar. 20, 2013) received notice that their vehicles were being recalled due to a problem with their premium headlamps. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "switching between daytime running lights and parking lights could lead to electrical spikes, which may cause the parking lamps to malfunction.”
To learn more about the problems listed above, call Chrysler at 800-247-9753 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236.