Honda announced earlier this month that 820,000 Civic compact cars and Pilot SUVs are being recalled due to problems with the car's headlights. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently opened an investigation on the Jeep Patriot and it could be heading down the same recall road that Honda is on.
Civics from the model years of 2002 and 2003 and Pilots from 2004 and 2005 are the vehicle's currently under recall. Honda has not reported any injuries or accidents as a result of the problematic vehicles.
The more recent NHTSA investigation is for Patriots from the 2011 and 2012 model years. The administration received a dozen complaints that the engine was stalling unexpectedly when the car was traveling at high speeds. Of all the stalling complaints, 10 of the Patriot engines stopped working while the vehicle was traveling at 65 miles per hour or faster. In eight of those cases, the vehicle would not turn back on after it stalled.
The federal administration will look into 112,000 Patriots and if a problem is found, the vehicle will be placed under recall.
Chrysler released a statement saying it is cooperating with NHTSA in this preliminary investigation. Individuals should always practice preventative maintenance and be sure to have their engine parts & mounts inspected by a local auto shop.