Tuesday, May 16, 2017

TOYOTA SAFETY RECALLS







U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Your vehicle MAY be involved in a safety recall and MAY create a safety risk for you or your passengers. If left unrepaired, a potential safety defect could lead to injury or even death. Safety defects must be repaired by a dealer at no cost to you.

The following may apply to one or more of your vehicles if your vehicle is listed below. Click on the NHTSA Recall ID Number below to read more about the safety issue and the reason for the recall.
To find out if your specific passenger vehicle is included in the recall, use our VIN Look-up Tool.
NHTSA Recall ID Number :17V291
Manufacturer :Gulf States Toyota, Inc.
Subject :Roof Rack may Loosen and Detach
MakeModelModel Years
TOYOTA4RUNNER2016-2017
What is a recall?
When a manufacturer or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) determines that a vehicle creates an unreasonable risk to safety or fails to meet minimum safety standards, the manufacturer is required to fix that vehicle at no cost to the owner. That can be done by repairing it, replacing it, offering a refund (for equipment) or, in rare cases, repurchasing the car.
What should I do if my vehicle is included in this recall?
If your vehicle is included in this recall, it is very important that you get it fixed as soon as possible given the potential danger to you and your passengers if it is not addressed. You should receive a separate letter in the mail from the vehicle manufacturer, notifying you of the recall and explaining when the remedy will be available, whom to contact to repair your vehicle, and to remind you that the repair will be done at no charge to you. If you believe your vehicle is included in the recall, but you do not receive a letter in the mail from the vehicle manufacturer, please call NHTSA's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236, or contact your vehicle manufacturer or dealership.
Thank you for your attention to this important safety matter and for your commitment to helping save lives on America's roadways.
Thank you,
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
United States Department of Transportation


U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Your vehicle MAY be involved in a safety recall and MAY create a safety risk for you or your passengers. If left unrepaired, a potential safety defect could lead to injury or even death. Safety defects must be repaired by a dealer at no cost to you.

The following may apply to one or more of your vehicles if your vehicle is listed below. Click on the NHTSA Recall ID Number below to read more about the safety issue and the reason for the recall.
To find out if your specific passenger vehicle is included in the recall, use our VIN Look-up Tool.
NHTSA Recall ID Number :17V295
Manufacturer :Gulf States Toyota, Inc.
Subject :Spare Tire Air Pressure may be Incorrect
MakeModelModel Years
TOYOTA4RUNNER2017
TOYOTA862017
TOYOTAAVALON2017
TOYOTACAMRY2017
TOYOTACAMRY HYBRID2017
TOYOTACOROLLA2017
TOYOTACOROLLA IM2017
TOYOTAHIGHLANDER2017
TOYOTAHIGHLANDER HYBRID2017
TOYOTAPRIUS2017
TOYOTAPRIUS C2017
TOYOTARAV42017
TOYOTARAV4 HV2017
TOYOTASIENNA2017
TOYOTAYARIS2017
What is a recall?
When a manufacturer or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) determines that a vehicle creates an unreasonable risk to safety or fails to meet minimum safety standards, the manufacturer is required to fix that vehicle at no cost to the owner. That can be done by repairing it, replacing it, offering a refund (for equipment) or, in rare cases, repurchasing the car.
What should I do if my vehicle is included in this recall?
If your vehicle is included in this recall, it is very important that you get it fixed as soon as possible given the potential danger to you and your passengers if it is not addressed. You should receive a separate letter in the mail from the vehicle manufacturer, notifying you of the recall and explaining when the remedy will be available, whom to contact to repair your vehicle, and to remind you that the repair will be done at no charge to you. If you believe your vehicle is included in the recall, but you do not receive a letter in the mail from the vehicle manufacturer, please call NHTSA's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236, or contact your vehicle manufacturer or dealership.
Thank you for your attention to this important safety matter and for your commitment to helping save lives on America's roadways.
Thank you,
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
United States Department of Transportation






Saturday, May 13, 2017

BMW burst into flames while sitting in St-Leonard driveway





BMW burst into flames while sitting in St-Leonard driveway

Owners say they want more compensation from the luxury car company

By Kate McGillivray, CBC News

Léa Manocchio can't shake the memory of running to the window and seeing her car on fire. 'Sometimes I wake up and go check if the other car is okay,' she said.
Léa Manocchio can't shake the memory of running to the 
window and seeing her car on fire. 'Sometimes I wake up and 
go check if the other car is okay,' she said. (CBC)

Léa Manocchio and Vito Mucciacciaro said their BMW X3 SUV had been parked in their driveway for 12 hours when it caught fire this past spring.
car owners
Léa Manocchio and Vito Mucciacciaro said they found out their car was on fire when a neighbour knocked on their window. (CBC)
"I don't understand, how a BMW at sixty thousand dollars, a luxury car, could catch on fire without the engine even being on?" said Mucciacciaro.
The flames went as high as their balcony, and though firefighters arrived quickly to the scene, the car was completely destroyed.
The engineer hired by their insurance company determined that the fire was started by defective electrical circuits.
The couple's insurance company compensated them for the market value of a used car, but they said they were expecting more from BMW to make up for the stress.
After multiple calls, the company offered them a five per cent discount towards a new BMW, which Mucciacciaro said he won't be taking them up on.
BMW fire
The car was completely destroyed by the fire. (CBC)
"They can keep their five per cent," he said, adding that his next car will not be a BMW.
BMW did not return requests for comment. 









http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/bmw-on-fire-saint-leonard-1.3678376


Thursday, May 11, 2017

BMWs ERUPTING IN FLAMES: BMW MYSTERY





BMW Electrical Fires












VIDEO ON LINK


CARS ERUPTING IN FLAMES: BMW MYSTERY




The I-Team and ABC News are looking into a BMW mystery, dozens of reports of cars erupting into flames, some when they're not even running, from across the country.

The I-Team has learned of a possible problem in some BMW vehicles. Some of the fires were captured on camera, and the I-Team found Chicago area customers who also say their cars went up in flames.

Kelly Kolep took dramatic photos of her 2000 BMW 5-series, charred. Burned to a crisp.

"What happens if we would have lost our lives? You can't bring us back; you can't bring my children back to me. And that's what I want them to understand," she said before she started crying.

Her husband Tyrone Brown still holds on to the hub caps.

"I was devastated and hurt," he said.

The flames went up, Kolep said, just minutes after she started her car. Fortunately, she and her children were not yet inside. The car was towed to the junkyard.

"Thank god my children were not in that car, otherwise me and my children would not be here today to tell you this story. And it's hard to sit right here and relive that moment," Kopel said.

The Rantoul Fire Department report from June 2015 only says that the "owner stated it stared [sic] in the glove box." The fire chief told the I-Team it wasn't arson. Kolep purchased the car used from a dealership 17 months before the fire.

The I-Team and ABC News found dozens of reports of similar BMW fires in the last five years around the country and Canada. Some fires were caught on video in parking lots, some fires set homes on fire.

Photos, YouTube videos, reports from fire departments and owner complaints to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. They include different makes and models of BMWs dating as far back as 1999. Some models were under recall for a fire risk; most were not.

BMW said with about 4.9 million vehicles on U.S. roads, fire incidents are very rare.

"The interior was completely demolished," Angel Lopez of Rogers Park said.

The I-Team tracked down Lopez after obtaining a record of his BMW fire report through the U.S. Fire Administration.

"I was like, 'The car just started by itself.' And they were like, that's very suspicious, and I'm like, 'That's what happened," he said.

Like Kolep, Lopez said the fire started in the passenger side glove compartment, but unlike Kolep's car he said his was not running. Like many of the cases, Lopez said his keys weren't even in the ignition.

"The engine may be off but all of the electric power systems that are going to do things like keep that high pressure fuel pump ready," said Sean Kane of the Center for Auto Safety.

Kane said even if the engines are off, the systems are always on in high performance vehicles like BMWs.


ABC News sent its findings to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. While NHTSA said at this time it has found no evidence pointing to a safety defect, the agency is asking for BMW owners who have experienced this issue to reach out to them directly.

"A lot of times these kind of problems get masked or buried into this pool of fire and no direct cause or origin," he said.

BMW said it "takes every incident very seriously and has a dedicated team prepared to work with BMW owners... We have not seen any pattern related to quality or component failure. Vehicle fires can result from a wide variety of external reasons..."

And it said "external factors like poor maintenance, aftermarket changes and even rodent nesting can cause fires."

BMW encourages owners to maintain their cars at authorized BMW dealerships.

Kolep said in the short time she had the car she received oil changes at a nearby mechanic shop, but Lopez said he only brought his car to a BMW-certified mechanic.

"Of course BMW couldn't' do anything about it, it was a used car, now, and they were just no help," Lopez said.

"They won't help us, why?" Kolep wondered.

Kolep said BMW did tell her they would give her a "special deal" if she bought a brand new BMW at a dealership. The I-Team also gave BMW the information of the two consumers featured in this story, but they did not respond to the specific cases.

ABC News and chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross will have more on this story starting Thursday on Good Morning America and on Nightline, finding more cases of BMW fires including reports of a string of incidents in South Korea and what's being done there.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the I-Team a statement, saying:

"The U.S. DOT and NHTSA's focus is on public safety. Motorists are encouraged to report potential safety issues to the agency, including strange and unexplainable incidents involving their vehicles. On NHTSA's website www.nhtsa.gov, vehicle owners can send a complaint and upload accompanying photos, police reports, insurance reports and other information that may be relevant. While on the site, owners can also check for open recalls using NHTSA's free look up tool."


http://abc7chicago.com/automotive/cars-erupting-in-flames-bmw-mystery/1978209/







Wednesday, May 10, 2017

BMW MYSTERY: SOME OWNERS CLAIM PARKED CAR CAUGHT FIRE


VIDEO ON LINK


BMW MYSTERY: SOME OWNERS CLAIM PARKED CAR CAUGHT FIRE


Danielle Emersons BMW caught fire inside her garage

Danielle Emerson's BMW caught fire inside her garage


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A growing number of BMW owners are speaking out after their parked cars caught on fire, and they say they got little or no support from the luxury car manufacturer.

Danielle Emerson was asleep in her bedroom when she heard her son screaming frantically.

"I'm hearing 'Fire! Fire!' He said, 'Mom the garage is on fire go, go,'" Emerson recalled.

Once she got everyone out of the home safely, she went to the garage and saw her 2011 BMW 528 on fire.

"The car is burning from under the front passenger seat. It's coming up where the side view mirror is, that is burning off, the door is burning off," Emerson explained.

Danielle Emerson's car caught fire inside of her garage

Danielle Emerson's car caught fire inside of her garage


Emerson said she grabbed the water hose just outside of her garage and started spraying the fire.

"My driveway outside is at a slant so I was able to lay on my stomach and look under the car, and the car is on fire in a straight line," Emerson shared. "Straight to back and I'm spraying, I'm spraying, and I'm praying."

Her son CJ was actually in the garage with buckets of water trying to put out the flames.

"I'm like, 'Boy, get out of here! Both of these cars are full of gas get out of there!' I'm thinking that something is going to blow up at any minute."

Firefighters arrived extinguished the blaze. Danielle's BMW was totaled and the car parked beside it in the garage was also damaged. Danielle said there was smoke damage to her garage and her home. BMW did investigate the cause but took no responsibly.

In this letter, the company stated in part, "The thermal damage found was isolated to the external surface of the battery cable, with no indication of over-voltage or shorting of the wire within." 

The letter goes on to say, "Careful examination of the electrical, mechanical and fuel delivery systems did not reveal any indications of an ignition source as a possible cause."

Emerson was not pleased with the company's response.

"I need to know what happened that could have killed us."

Emerson isn't the only BMW owner who wants answers. We worked with ABC News Chief Investigator Brian Ross and his team along with our other ABC Owned stations and found at least 40 reported cases of parked BMW's catching on fire that were not covered by any fire-related recall. One of those cases involved Bill Macko's 2008 BMW X5 at his home in Maryland.


His wife just parked the car in the garage when he says she came in and said the car smelled funny. When Bill went to check on it, "There was black smoke, a snap, crackle, pop, and boom a flame."

It didn't take long for the fire to spread from his BMW to his home. His home was heavily damaged by the fire.

Macko says representatives with BMW investigated but gave him no answers and took no responsibility.

"It's disheartening when you're so loyal to a particular brand or product and then you're treated like this, not even an apology that's the sad part."

While BMW, like many other manufacturers, has issued fire related recalls over the years, when it comes to these cases BMW issued this statement:

With approximately 4.9 million BMW vehicles on U.S. roads, fire incidents involving BMWs are very rare. BMW takes every incident very seriously and has a dedicated team prepared to work with BMW owners, insurance companies and authorities to investigate any vehicle fire incident that is brought to our attention.

We have investigated and in some cases inspected the vehicles identified by ABC News. These vehicles span an age range of 1-15 years, accumulated mileage of up to 232,250 miles and multiple generations and model types. In the few cases that we have inspected and are able to determine root cause, we have not seen any pattern related to quality or component failure. Vehicle fires can result from a wide variety of external reasons unrelated to product defect, like poor maintenance, unauthorized replacement parts, even rodent nests
.


So how can a parked car that's turned off catch on fire? Sean Kane, with the Center for Auto Safety, says it's a mystery, but it could have something to do with the fact that vehicles are never really "off".

"Even when a vehicle is off you're going to get power to a lot of the controls, the modules, the door locks, even the high-pressure fuel pump," Kane explained.

Kane says since the fire destroys so much of the components in the car it's tough to determine a cause.

"Oftentimes these types of problem get masked or buried into this pool of fire and no direct cause or origin, no pattern that's visible and then go off the radar," Kane added.


After losing so much, Emerson said she continues to search for answers as to why her BMW caught fire.

"It's a slow process, but I'm willing to wait because that could have been our lives there."

After ABC News asked more questions about Emerson's case, BMW confirmed they are again looking into it.

When it comes to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a representative said in part, "NHTSA is always monitoring for safety defect issues; at this time there is no evidence pointing to a safety defect; however the agency will continue to monitor its data. Motorists are encouraged to report potential safety issues to the agency, including strange and unexplainable incidents involving their vehicles. On NHTSA's website www.nhtsa.gov, vehicle owners can send a complaint and upload accompanying photos, police reports, insurance reports and other information that may be relevant. While on the site, owners can also check for open recalls using NHTSA's free look up tool."

The investigation continues. ABC News will have much more on the BMW Mystery Thursday on Good Morning America, along with World News Tonight and Nightline.

http://abc11.com/automotive/bmw-mystery-some-owners-claim-parked-car-caught-fire/1976576/






Monday, May 8, 2017

Billerica Auto Auction Tragedy: Former employee says she voiced safety concerns before deadly auto auction accident





Condolences to those killed or injured by this tragedy and their family members. 

Vehicles have been BANNED by car washes because of the danger they pose.... 

The National Car Wash Association shares a list of DANGEROUS VEHICLES PRONE TO SUDDEN UNINTENDED ACCELERATION with its members to protect their liability. 

Do we know what vehicles are on that list to protect our families? 




Former employee says she voiced safety concerns before deadly auto auction accident


by: Kathryn Burcham Updated: 



BILLERICA, Mass. - The Lynnway Auto Auction is taking new safety precautions after a tragic crash killed three people last week.
But the safety barriers planned to protect crowds won’t be installed by Wednesday for the first weekly auction after the incident.
Boston 25 News has learned a former driver asked about safety changes years before the accident.
That driver worked at the auction for three years in a part time job, driving cars through the auction lanes.
The woman, who asked to be identified only as Anne, spent three years driving cars through the crowds inside the Lynnway auto auction. She said her safety concerns were ignored.
“It’s just a matter of time before something like this would happen,” Anne said.
Showing us her tax records to prove her employment, she sat down with Boston 25 News just days after three people were killed at her former job.
“I wasn't surprised because I was like, ‘one of these days, someone is going to get killed,” she said.
Anne says she received no formal safety training after she was hired through a temp agency called Labor Force.
“Not really much, you have a license, you can drive, you know,” she said.
Anne says many of the cars she drove had major mechanical issues and questions if they were safe to drive through the crowded lanes.
“I did worry about my own safety…one of the cars I was driving, the brakes went all the way to the floor,” she explained.
MassCOSH, a non-profit that monitors worker safety, is calling for more precautions at Lynnway; particularly for temporary workers like Anne, or Leezandra Aponte -- one of the victims of last weeks' crash.
“Temp workers are seen sadly as disposable, they're treated like second class employees,” MassCOSH’s Jeff Newton told Boston 25. “We will be following the OSHA investigation to see if the company took any shortcuts that put anyone in needless danger.”
A spokeswoman for Lynnway told us all drivers attend an instructional safety meeting before every auction and that drivers are instructed if there's any mechanical problem, they should stop the vehicle.

The company also plans to add more safety monitors and lane barriers.
Spokeswoman Jill Reilly also said Lynnway does have a tow truck on site and that if any driver feels their car isn't safe to drive, they are told to stop it immediately and call for the tow truck.
According to Reilly, Lynnway is planning to install bollards as soon as possible, but they won’t be installed by Wednesday. However, they are going to put Jersey barriers in place, until the bollards are ready to be installed.
[Anne] was not a Lynnway employee, she worked for Labor Ready. [Anne] had an uncooperative attitude and Labor Ready was asked not to send her any more. During the time she worked as an auction day driver, she was required to attend the safety meeting and handed a copy of the safety instructions every single time she came on Wednesdays to work as a driver.
Discrediting workers is typical when companies attempt to defend their actions. 

  • All drivers (regardless of how long they have worked at Lynnway) are required to attend an instructional and safety meeting held in the morning before every auction.
  • The drivers are instructed that if they notice any mechanical problem (especially brakes) they are to stop the vehicle wherever it is and turn off the engine.
  • Lynnway has a tow truck on site which tows vehicles through the auction lane. Drivers are specifically told that they will not get in any trouble or be in any way criticized if they stop any vehicle and call for the tow truck.


http://www.fox25boston.com/news/former-employee-says-she-voiced-safety-concerns-before-deadly-auto-auction-accident/520599453




[Jeep Car Wash SUA Information]
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Runaway Jeep crashes into pole after
exiting Lititz car wash
CHRISTOPHER PRATT | Staff Writer
Feb 5, 2016
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Local car wash not accepting Jeep Cherokee’s
due to safety issue
BY SANDRA JONES
POSTED 11:43 PM, OCTOBER 16, 2015
(with 2:10 min video segment)
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No injuries in the latest Jumpin' Jeep
escapade
Not all the incidents of apparent
unintended acceleration have ended
so luckily
By James R. Hood
08/04/2015 | ConsumerAffairs
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Runway Jeep traverses several lanes on Highway
101
Bay City News
Published: August 3, 2015, 11:38 am
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Runaway Jeep Grand Cherokees have
led to crashes, car wash owners say.
Updated: MAY 11, 2015 — 1:12 AM EDT
by John Moritz, Inquirer Staff Writer
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Video: Car-wash chain won't clean older
Jeep Cherokee models over sudden
acceleration fears
BY MICHAEL ROBERTS
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 2013 AT 6:02 A.M.
(2010 or before Cherokee/Grand Cherokee)
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(excerpts):
This is not a new issueWay back in 2006, the International Carwash
Association issued an advisory on Jeep Cherokee models based on sudden-
acceleration reports. The document doesn't recommend banning such vehicles,
but it does list five procedures to be employed when they're being cleaned for
safety reasons:
1. Handle Jeep Cherokees and Jeep Grand Cherokees with extreme caution
2. Allow only specially trained car wash employees to handle these vehicles
3. Notify all car wash employees when one of these vehicles is on the property
4. Move the vehicle using both feet - left foot on the brake and right foot on
    the accelerator
5. Instruct employees and customers to never walk in front of
     one of these vehicles
©2017 Denver Westword, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Jeep sudden acceleration accident at auction 
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friendly_jacek
Registered: 05/04/03
Posts: 6537
Loc: southeast US
Quote:   ConsumerAffairs for a 2011 posting 
Jeeps seem to have acquired an especially fearsome reputation among car wash operators, like Dan of Palmyra, Pa.
"My family has owned and operated automatic car washes for nearly 50 years. Over the past 10 years, we have had
half a dozen incidents with Jeep Grand Cherokees accelerating out of control," Dan said in a 2011 ConsumerAffairs
posting. "Every time it has happened, our employees have maintained that the vehicle took off on them and they
could not stop it. The first few times it happened, we assumed it was driver error but not anymore. There is case after
case of this happening and nobody at Chrysler will do anything about it.
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Jeep Grand Cherokee May Suddenly Accelerate
A 52-year-old man was run over and killed by a
Grand Cherokee in a Connecticut car wash
06/13/2006 | ConsumerAffairs |  Jeep Recalls
By Joe Benton
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UPDATE: No charges in runaway SUV case
POSTED 6:46 PM, JULY 10, 2014
BY WAYNE COVIL
(with 2:20 min video segment)  (Ford SUV)
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(excerpts):
Witnesses told police that a car wash employee went to move the SUV
forward, when the vehicle suddenly accelerated.
The employee was able to miss two parked cars before trying to slam on
the brakes to no success.
After crossing Dupuy Avenue, the SUV hit the curb, knocking the driver
out of the seat and onto the ground.
Sheriff Todd Wilson said the SUV never slowed down and continued
almost the length of a football field before slamming into the large green
power box on the north side of the courthouse.
The employee was slightly injured and required medical attention at the
hospital.
Bob Schrum, the owner of Flagstop Car Wash, said his employees are
provided a list of cars, trucks and SUVs that have been proven prone to
unintentional acceleration. In fact, he said the instances have been well
documented by the National Car Wash Association.
Schrum said about a month ago that all 120 of his employees took part in a
safety seminar provided by his insurance company, which touched on
sudden unintentional acceleration.


VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL PROBLEM ON THE 2010 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE [6]

http://www.arfc.org/complaints/2010/jeep/grand_cherokee/vehicle_speed_control/problem.aspx

VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL PROBLEM ON THE 2009 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE [9]


Vehicle Speed Control Problem on the 2008 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE [23]
http://www.arfc.org/complaints/2008/jeep/grand_cherokee/vehicle_speed_control/problem.aspx

VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL PROBLEM ON THE 2007 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE [52] 


VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL PROBLEM ON THE 2006 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE [46]


VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL PROBLEM ON THE 2005 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE [76]


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VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL PROBLEM ON THE 2003 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE [29] 


VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL PROBLEM ON THE 2002 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE [34] 


VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL PROBLEM ON THE 2001 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE [34] 



VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL PROBLEM ON THE 2000 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE [50]


VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL PROBLEM ON THE 1999 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE [61]