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Chevy Cruze and Jeep Wrangler Fires Spark NHTSA Investigation

While the reasons behind the incidents are not yet known, multiple incidents of fires breaking out in Chevy Cruze and Jeep Wrangler vehicles has led the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to investigate a possible life-threatening defect in the cars. As reported by USA Today, multiple incidents of fires breaking out in the engine compartment of the unrelated, but similarly affected, vehicles have the NHTSA looking into what might be causing these incidents and who is to blame. While no accidents or injuries have been reported thus far, vehicle fires are extremely dangerous and a frequent auto accident cause.

Model 2010 Jeep Wranglers manufactured by Chrysler Group, LLC, 131,000 of which have been sold, have been linked to eight reports of fires, most of which occurred while the vehicle was in motion and four of which resulted in the sports utility vehicle being destroyed. All of the fires began in the engine compartment and spread quickly, but the cause for the fire has not been determined.

Two official reports of fires in the 2011 Chevrolet Cruz by General Motors have caused investigations into what may be causing the incidents, but there are several other claims of fires in Cruz vehicles that GM has stated they are investigating. In both reported cases, drivers claimed that fires broke out in the engine compartment while they were driving the vehicle and the cars were destroyed by the quickly-spreading blaze. In one of the cases, the driver reported that smoke began to pour from the hood, followed by flames, but it was only after flames appeared that the dashboard warning light came on.

Vehicle defects are especially dangerous because they suddenly and seriously affect the way a vehicle operates and how a driver controls the car, easily leading to crashes and making such accidents even more dangerous. For aid in finding compensation for your losses and injuries caused by an auto defect, call the experienced Bowie auto defect attorneys at Alpert Schreyer at (301) 812-4777 for a free case evaluation today.