The nation’s third largest automaker, owned by Fiat (PINK:FIATY), is working with U.S. safety regulators after three separate complaints about the ceilings catching fire on the passenger side while driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee. There were no reported injuries or deaths, but in one case the fire spread after a burning sun visor fell on the passenger seat.
The investigation looks at some 146,000 2012-model SUVs.
After the probe, officials say they will decide if there is indeed a defect that will require a recall.
Speaking of which, as InvestorPlace previously reported on, it was only in May that Chrysler issued a global recall for some 469,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees with model years between 2005 and 2010. The defect could cause them to shift into neutral and potentially roll away.
As well, there were similar issues with a number of Jeep Commanders concerning defective circuit boards that could lead the vehicles to shift into neutral.
And in November 2012, Chrysler was forced to recall 900,000 Cherokee and Liberty SUVs due to defective airbag systems.