Chevrolet has issues once again with the latest reports of the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco catching on fire. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are complaints of fires breaking out on the engine area of the vehicle while the engine is running and just sitting at a traffic light. In one reported instance, the fire engulfed the vehicle within 5 minutes. At the same time, the 2010 Jeep Wrangler is also facing the same fate with even more reported fires starting in the engine area at traffic lights.
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According the Associated Press, both GM and Chrysler are cooperating with NHTSA on the investigations to the fire complaints. GM spokesman Alan Adler said “We are conducting our own investigation and will share any findings with the government”. Chrysler spokesman Nick Cappa said “Vehicle fires are very complex and can occur for a number of reasons that have nothing to do with the vehicle itself. Poor maintenance, improper vehicle use or installation of after-market equipment often are causes of vehicle fires.”
On the bright side, no deaths have been reported yet. Both GM and Chrysler are being investigated by the Feds. It is too soon to tell the outcome, but with Chrysler reporting their Jeep Wrangler has exceeded all applicable federal safety standards and has an excellent safety record, hopefully there are no serious injuries in the near future while the Federal agencies and Chrysler sort things out. GM has sold over a quarter of a million Chevrolet Cruzes since 2010. This can be a significant recall in the near future that will put another dampener in General Motors already hurt financial situation due to the declined economy.