The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has started an investigation to ascertain the effectiveness of a vehicle recall by Fiat Chrysler. Nearly 900,000 sport utility vehicles at risk for sun visor fires were repaired under the recall. This probe comes after reports of eight fires in vehicles that had been repaired. In a notice issued last month, NHTSA said it opened an investigation into the July recall of 895,000 model year 2011-2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango models that may have defective wiring in the vanity mirror lights of the vehicles’ sun visors that can lead to short-circuiting and fires.
NHTSA announced its investigation into the affected vanity mirrors in January 2014, saying it was looking into claims that a headliner fire may ignite because of electrical shorting. The ODI said at the time it had received five reports of the vehicle headliners catching fire at the front of the vehicle near the sun visors in Jeep Grand Cherokees.
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