Although there have been no car injuries from the engine fires thus far, a federal investigation is underway for certain Chevy and Chrysler SUVs.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that there have been at least 6 car reports involving the 2011 Cruze and 2010 Jeep Wrangler SUV. It was determined that the engine started fires and destroyed these vehicles.
One driver of a Chevy Cruze told the NHTSA, “The car was totally engulfed within five minutes of stopping, and it was only after the first sign of fire was visible that the warning light on the dashboard illuminated.”
While one owner of a Jeep that ignited reported to the NHTSA, “Once out of the Jeep I looked under it and saw and unknown liquid burning down to the ground from the engine compartment. I attempted to extinguish the fire with water but I was unsuccessful. Within minutes it was a total loss.”
Alan Alder, a spokesman for GM says the company is cooperating with the government investigation, and that they sold around 177,000 2011 Chevy Cruzes.
According to Chrysler Group spokesman Mick Cappa, they are also cooperating in the investigation of the Jeep Wranglers, and that around 131,000 2010 models were sold.
Cappa also made it known that the fires may not be a manufacturing issue but rather from poor maintenance or installation of aftermarket parts.
“The 2010 Jeep Wrangler meets or exceeds all applicable federal safety standards and has an excellent safety record,” Chrysler said in a statement.