|05-04-2012 08:38 AM|
|Green Bay TJ||sounds like a JK burned at Rausch Creek this past week. Was an auto trans, sounds like fluid dripped on the exhaust. There's a thread on the RC forums discussing the need to carry fire extinguishers. It sounds like the owner did not, by the timesome folks got over with someextinguishers it was too late and i believe they went through 20 extinguishers trying to keep the tires and gas tank from catching fire before the firedepartment arrived to put out the fire. So glad no one was hurt. I just ordered 2 and some quick release mounts for my tj. Message on the RC forum from somone in the club this guy is with is that they will now require 2 extinguishers on all club vehicles.|
|04-05-2012 07:53 PM|
Car fires happen to all makes.
There is an advisement by the NHTSA not to park your 5 series BMW in the garage due to an unsolved fire case. Imagine that.
It sucks and I can see why one wouldn't buy that brand again. But, I don't think its anything to worry about. Fires are investigated at very small population numbers because they can quickly cause life threatening damage if they spread to surrounding structures (the probability of getting hurt while driving a vehicle that lights off is almost nill)
Perform due diligence. After that, have fun. You worry too much and life will pass you by
|04-05-2012 07:42 PM|
|04-05-2012 04:58 PM|
All you have to do is look up Ford Explorer and even FJ Cruiser and will find videos of them on fire too. Wranglers have just become so popular there are so many on the road. If there is a similar amount of percentage of unknown fires per models you would expect the one with the most on the road would have more fires but percentage wise, the numbers are pretty close
FJ Cruiser on FIRE!!! - YouTube
Ford Explorer on Fire - YouTube
|04-05-2012 01:40 PM|
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|04-05-2012 10:20 AM|
I see your point, and I agree with most of it. However, I personally can't see myself signing a purchase agreement for a new Wrangler. Sure, it could have been a 1 in a million chance that mine was messed up, but for a consumer, that's enough for me to be worried. It didn't help matters that Jeep didn't do a damn thing to try to resolve this issue sooner than a month after it happened. That's just my $.02.
|04-05-2012 10:19 AM|
ah, alright. well when you get it, I'm interested to see what they give you...maybe a brand new rubi to try and change your mind or if they'll go with something like a cherokee and avoid the wrangler...
|04-05-2012 10:17 AM|
|04-05-2012 09:26 AM|
Let's Get Some Facts First
This discussion is interesting--and one's sympathy has to go out to those who have lost vehicles to fires--but let's not jump to confusions.
Unless we know how many Jeeps catch fire each year and the proportion of fires to the total number of Jeeps, and unless we have similar data for other vehicles, we can't say whether this is especially a problem for Jeeps.
If there were 3,000,000 Jeeps on the road and, in any one year, 30 caught fire, that would be one out of 100,000. Even if that proportion were double the proportion for other vehicles, it wouldn't be anything to lose sleep about.
I'm not saying the problem isn't real or that Chrysler shouldn't be held to account if the ultimate fault lies with the manufacturer, but I don't see any reason for Jeep owners to think they've purchased fire hazards.
|04-05-2012 08:41 AM|
|04-05-2012 07:29 AM|
Jeep investigated after multiple fires | News - Home
Here's my story from the local news station.
|04-03-2012 06:26 PM|
|cvomike||I have seen 2 two in the Charlotte NC area that have burned in the last 2 mounths see the video at WCNC.com . the reporter that covered the story is really digging into this ...|
|04-03-2012 06:24 PM|
|04-03-2012 06:08 PM|
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|04-03-2012 02:25 PM|
I just bought a new 2012 JKU last week with the insurance money from my previous ride...... that mysteriously went up in FLAMES while parked in my driveway.
What are the odds of getting struck by lightning twice? LOL
|04-03-2012 12:37 PM|
Here is an interesting twist on the story.
If you check the NHTSA database, there are 13 reported incidents of 2010 Wranglers catching fire spontaneously, under normal driving conditions or while parked. I'm sure many more will surface as soon as this issue gets a little bit more publicity.
|04-03-2012 12:31 PM|
I carry two fire extinguishers, but as you say, sometimes it's no good, but it's still safer for a, if you carryem--
17 years ago My Lotus Esprit- engine comp caught fire and it took two fire truks ALL WATER, to extinguishit !!
|04-03-2012 11:04 AM|
I've only ever experienced 1 vehicle fire. I caused it whenI was 17YO, and wired my own KC lights without a fuse. A radiator bracket abraded it's way through the wire insulation, and the "+" wire burned itself. I had some flames under the dash, but they died out before anything else caught.
Point being, that Wranglers generally receive a lot of owner modifications. Some fires could've been caused from haphazard mods.
I carry a fire extinguisher, top of the window behind the passenger seat.
As stated before, an extinguisher is okay in a pinch, but it likely won't be enough for a fully engulfed engine compartment.
|04-03-2012 10:38 AM|
|Casotakar1229||sucks that your experience was so bad you aren't going to buy another. guess sometimes we just get the lemon...well, good luck with your next purchase and I hope one day you'll come back to wrangler!|
|04-03-2012 09:12 AM|
Hey y'all. Thought I'd give a little bit of an update.
Both Jeep and Chrysler have finished their investigation, but I have not heard any results yet. I plan on having Geico pay off my Jeep, and they'll deal with Jeep if they are found to be liable for the fire.
So, after this week, I'll be back at square one, looking for a new vehicle. As much as it pains me to say this, I can't see myself buying another Wrangler. For one, I can't wait around without a car until they decide what's wrong. Two, I don't want to run the risk of this happening again. I know the chances are small, but it's still a large risk in my eyes.
|04-02-2012 10:10 AM|
|dukedallas||Wont the insurance companies replace the vehicle anyway? Or the difference in what jeep gives you?|
|04-02-2012 09:20 AM|
This is a known, well documented issue that has been bugging Jeep for many years, but they always managed to get around it with half-measures. In 2010 Chinese government stopped importation of Wranglers into China because of several spontaneous fires. Apparently authorities in China act more expeditiously than NHTSA / DOT.
Finally, NHTSA has decided to open a formal investigation into the problem. There is another thread on this subkject
Hopefully this time they will get to the bottom of the issue and force Chrysler to act and implement a real solution before somebody gets killed.
|04-02-2012 09:10 AM|
|Riccochet||Be happy it wasn't parked in your garage at home.|
|04-01-2012 09:37 PM|
THIS IS NOT JUST A JK ISSUE!
My Commander burned down back in '07 absolutely out of nowhere, when i parked in front of a restaurant going for Sunday's lunch with my gf. I do not wish that feeling to anyone, the most helpless feeling in the world.
|04-01-2012 09:28 PM|
Have you seen this?
U.S. to probe Wrangler, Cruze on engine fire reports - Yahoo! Finance
Apparently it is common enough to warrant an investigation. Maybe this and the death wobble probe will get these problems solved!
|03-27-2012 03:29 PM|
|03-27-2012 03:18 PM|
OMG Im glad you were ok and not in it when that happened..
Any idea why that happened??
|03-27-2012 03:06 PM|
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