Jeep Grand Cherokee under investigation for power steering leaks, fire risks
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.
Anyways, a third complaint since May indicated that a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee began leaking power steering fluid and after a short time, the vehicle lost all power steering assist. While this is nowhere near as severe as a fire in the engine bay, losing power steering in the right conditions can certainly increase the chances of an accident.