Regulators Clear Grand Cherokee In Engine Fire Probe

DETROIT (January 8, 2013)—The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has cleared the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee after an investigation into possible engine fires.

The NHTSA began checking 107,000 of the SUVs in July after receiving complaints about power steering hoses coming loose and leaking fluid onto the engine.

The agency found 24 cases of loose hoses and the problem was traced to a defect inside the hose that was fixed at the factory shortly after the SUVs went into production.

The agency said none of the leaks caused crashes or fires, and it's unlikely that leaking fluid would reach any ignition sources.

The agency said the problem hasn't caused an unreasonable safety risk, but said it will continue to monitor the SUVs.

SUVs with the problem were fixed under warranty by Chrysler, which makes Jeeps.

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