NHTSA Investigates Fires in Chevrolet Cruzes and Jeep Wranglers

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Safety regulators with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are currently investigating a series of fires linked to two vehicles becoming engulfed in flames. According to The Los Angeles Times, consumers have reported that 2011 Chevrolet Cruzes and 2010 Jeep Wranglers suddenly and unexpectedly begin to smoke and catch fire.

The Chevrolet Cruze, a plug-in hybrid vehicle, is a top seller for General Motors (GM), which also has experienced problems with the Chevrolet Volt. Reportedly, there are at least two incidents of fires breaking out in Cruze vehicles, although GM is currently looking into at least 19 warranty claims dealing with fires in hybrid cars. The two documented incidents of Cruze fires both involved fires breaking out in the engine area while the vehicles were stopped. Both fires started with flames coming from the hood, with the fire quickly spreading and consuming the car. No related injuries have been reported.

The second investigation concerns 2010 Jeep Wranglers, produced by Chrysler Group LLC. There have been eight reports concerning engine compartment fires. All of the reports concern fires breaking out or signs of fires starting while the vehicles were being driven. No injuries or accidents have been reported.

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