Chrysler recently issued a recall of at least 132,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees due to a fire risk. The recall involves vehicles from the 2014-2016 model years. Owners are advised to park their vehicles outside until a remedy is developed because, according to Chrysler, the vehicles are at risk of catching fire even when the engines are turned off.
The issue stems from the power liftgate module system, which is a motor system that opens and closes the rear hatch and cargo compartment of the vehicle. Water can seep into the liftgate module system and cause an electrical short that can lead to a fire.
Chrysler said it has been investigating the issue since 2022, as it has received dozens of reports of fires taking place. However, customer reports of the problem date back to 2017. Chrysler also had a similar safety recall involving the same liftgate fire issue in its 2014 and 2015 Jeep Cherokee models. To address the previous recall, Chrysler installed water shields to prevent moisture from corroding the liftgate module. Apparently, that fix did not completely work because vehicles repaired under prior recalls will still need to have the new remedy performed, once it is developed.
If you or someone you know has been injured as the result of a fire from a 2014-2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee, please contact an attorney at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner by calling 713-222-7211 or toll free at 1 800-870-9584.