The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep Grand Cherokee under investigation for power steering leaks, fire risks

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched a preliminary investigation into the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee over a concern that the power steering system may leak flammable fluid onto hot components in the engine bay – with very dangerous results.

The NHTSA has launched a preliminary investigation into the power steering system of the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee after receiving three complaints from owners – two of which results in an engine bay fire and another that resulted in total loss of power steering assist. All three of these reports have occurred in the past two months with the most significant incident coming on June 13th, when a brand new Jeep Grand Cherokee with just 35 miles on the ticker was completely destroyed by a fire that began under the hood.

According to the owner/driver, this 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee was traveling down the road at roughly 50 miles per hour when they noticed smoke in the rear view mirror as well as in the side mirrors. The driver immediately pulled the Grand Cherokee to the side of the road and as they climbed out of the vehicle, massive flames began pouring coming from under the hood. A second fire in the engine compartment of a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee did not result in a total loss of the vehicle but the owner stated that he had noticed power steering fluid in his driveway prior to the vehicle catching fire. You have to wonder why he waited to report it until after the vehicle caught fire as, if it was my brand new SUV, I would have had it back at the dealership in a heartbeat.


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We currently leased a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee and have had it for 4 months. We took it into the Jeep dealership for an oil change and were told that our power steering fluid was completely empty and that it was leaking. With all the complaints and a few cars catching on fire, not to mention the cost of fixing the issue, what is the NHTSA doing about getting a recall mandated on this specific issue?? Peoples lives and safety are at stake! This isn't a regular oil leak, it affects stearing and with speeds up to 75mph on some of our freeways the effects could be devastating!
Last Saturday I took my daughter to singing lessons at the city and notice the power steering loose after dropping her off I drove around a roundabout and thats it the car would not go straight the power steering got jammed and couldn't use the jeep. Nrma had to towed as seems the power steering is completely gone!
My 2012 Grand Cherokee,has only 26,700 miles and while getting an oil change I was informed of an rack and pinion leak.Wish I had known of this before purchase.