Federal regulators have launched separate investigations into reports of fires affecting two separate Detroit product lines: the Chevrolet Cruze sedan and the Jeep Wrangler sport-utility vehicle.
The government’s concerns about the reports were apparently serious enough for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to take the unusual step of announcing the two investigations on Sunday.
General Motors says it has received 19 warranty claims involving Cruze fires. NHTSA, in turn, has been notified of at least two fires that occurred while the compact sedan was being driven. Both vehicles were destroyed.
At least seven of eight fires reportedly involving the 2010 Jeep Wrangler, meanwhile, occurred while the vehicle was being driven. Owners report that various vehicle systems failed immediately before they began seeing smoke and flames.