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NHTSA Investigating Chevy Cruze, Jeep Wrangler Engine Fires 2
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2010 Jeep Wrangler, 2011 Chevy Cruze, Automotive, Chevrolet, Defect Investigations, Jeep, Kurt, News, NHTSA on 04 2nd, 2012

The 2011 Chevy Cruze Eco Image: © GM Corp.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating two separate vehicles with one common (potential) fault: the risk of spontaneous engine fires. First, the agency is looking into the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, as two owners have suffered total-loss fires of unknown origin. At least one of the fires occurred in a Cruze Eco model, which reportedly tripped a dashboard warning light only after the car was already on fire.

While both Cruze models were a total loss, neither incident resulted in accident or injury to passengers. In addition to cooperating with the NHTSA investigation, GM is launching its own research into Cruze vehicle fires.

The NHTSA is also looking into engine fires in 2010 model year Jeep Wranglers, as some eight incidents have been reported, seven while the vehicle was being driven. As Left Lane News points out, the latest investigation is separate from an earlier NHTSA investigation into a fire risk in 2006-10 Wrangler models.

It’s probably worth pointing out that no vehicle on the planet is as frequently customized by owners as the Jeep Wrangler, and it’s not yet known if modifications may have played a role in the fires.

Should the NHTSA find a safety defect in either vehicle, a recall will likely follow.

NHTSA Investigates 2011-12 Ford Mustangs 8
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Defect Investigations, Ford, Ford Mustang, Kurt, News, NHTSA on 08 8th, 2011

The 2011 Ford Mustang GT scrubs its tires. Image: Ford Motor Company

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating 2011 and 2012 Ford Mustangs equipped with a manual transmission, as the agency has received 32 complaints about the cars not going into gear. The investigation covers both the 5.0-liter V-8 Mustang GT and the base 3.7-liter V-6 cars, but is specific to manual transmission versions only. In some cases, the cars failed to go into gear while merging onto a highway (and joining high-speed traffic), while other instances occurred turning left across oncoming traffic. While no accidents or injuries have occurred to date, the defect does pose an inherent safety risk.

Mustang forums have documented the transmission problems well over the past year, and there’s even a Facebook page dedicated to “2011 Mustang MT-82 manual transmission problems.” While the NHTSA may have only 32 complaints, there are many more owners who’ve experienced problems in manual gearbox Mustangs, and to date Ford has not addressed the issue with any kind of TSB. The automaker has stated it will “fully cooperate” with the NHTSA’s investigation, so there may be good news on the horizon for owners of 2011 and 2012 Mustangs with balky transmissions.

Source: NHTSA