After an unsuccessful Jeep recall including Jeep and Dodge SUVs, vehicles are reportedly still catching fire, prompting a recall query to investigate why.
Nearly 895,000 previously recalled Jeep and Dodge SUVs now have auto safety regulators scratching their heads after reports that the vehicles’ sun visors are still catching fire. While no injuries have been reported as a result of the fires, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released a public statement announcing a “recall query” to look into what exactly is causing the fires.
According to the NHTSA recall query announcement, approximately eight reports of fires have been received from drivers of previously repaired vehicles included in last July’s recall initiated by Fiat Chrysler.
“My car filled with smoke and I could not breathe in the car,” according to one Jeep Grand Cherokee owner in a complaint filed last month. “The fire could have burned me had I been on a highway and unable to stop. I think it is incredible that I did my part, took the car to get the recall fixed and was returned a car that was clearly not fixed.”
NHTSA was also contacted by another Jeep owner who claimed “the sun visor caught fire and flames spread throughout the vehicle.”
Back in July 2014, Fiat Chrysler announced the recall of more than 650,000 2011-14 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos due to an issue with the vehicle’s electrical wiring in the vanity mirror. The recall also stated that the defect could cause the wiring to short circuit, igniting a fire in the vehicle’s cabin.
The fire hazard came to light in 2013 when NHTSA began receiving complaints, 39 in total, from vehicle owners regarding the vanity mirror’s electrical defect. While just three of the complaints resulted in injuries, NHTSA found that “In some reports, the fire spread to the front seats and/or door panels of the vehicle. In one report, the sunroof was damaged, causing the glass to shatter.”
Despite initial resistance by Fiat Chrysler to recall the affected vehicles, claiming that the issue was “no unreasonable risk to motor vehicle safety,” NHTSA insisted the recall be done. Eric Mayne, a spokesman for Fiat Chrysler, said the automaker was cooperating with the NHTSA recall query.
New York Times