Chrysler is coming under fire yet again from the NHTSA because of an ongoing issue with two of its models, the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango. The reason for this is because a small number of these vehicles have experienced headliner fires and as such will now undergo an engineering analysis from the Government body — sorry for the bad analogy early in the first sentence.
Now that this issue has been upgraded, what usually follows is a recall, and so we could see a Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango recall for the affected models.
Those models in question are those Grand Cherokees built from 2011-2013 and could include 593,299 vehicles in all. However that figure does include the Dodge Durango also built in the same year.
According to Edmunds there have been a number of incidents where drivers smelt burning, saw smoke, and in some cases flames contained within the headliner. However, there were incidences where the flames spread to the passenger compartment.
The cause of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango problem has been found, as the NHTSA believes that the sun visor vanity has a short in the lights wiring, which comes through the headlining.
Chrysler is currently looking into the situation, although they did the same last year when they challenged the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.