Feds upgrade Jeep fuel tank fire investigation, over 5 million SUVs now included
The initial investigation into the Jeep Grand Cherokee for their likelihood to catch fire in the event of a rear end collision was originally opened in October of 2010 but today the investigation has moved into the engineering analysis stage, which is often the final move before ordering a safety recall. Also, the NHTSA added the smaller Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Liberty as they have similar fuel tank designs and locations. This investigation was launched after 25 reports were received of Jeep Grand Cherokees bursting into flames when being impacted hard from the rear with reports of 15 deaths and 46 injuries. This investigation now includes the 1993 to 2004 model year Jeep Grand Cherokee along with the newly added 1993 to 2001 model year Jeep Cherokee and the 2002 to 2007 model year Jeep Liberty – with roughly 5.1 million vehicles possibly affected by the investigation and possible recall.