NHTSA Probes Jeep Grand Cherokee

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has raised the level of its investigation into 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee hood latches. At least 19 people have reported that the hood has popped open while driving.

NHTSA launched a preliminary investigation last May into 1996-98 models of the Grand Cherokee, but found that most claims are for the 1997 model.

NHTSA engineers will now begin examining the parts of the hood latch to determine what the problem is.


  1. I have a 2000 limited jeep grand cherokee, I just had an incident yesterday where my hood flew open while I was on the freeway. It was the scariest thing that I have ever been through. I want to know if there is anything that I can do? My windshield was shattered and I nearly lost my life yesterday.

  2. That’s a very scary situation Freddy, we’re very glad you are OK.

    This NHTSA probe ended with no findings that would dictate a recall, but it only covered models between 1993 and 1998.

    The best advice we have is to file a complaint with the NHTSA at (https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/) so that your experience is on record. And also note with your insurance company that this has been a problem with past Jeep hood latches.

    You can also search online for hood latch reinforcement or third-party latch assemblies for added peace of mind, but that brings up many warranty questions that you would have to figure out through some fine print or possibly a nice dealership contact.

    Again, very glad you are OK Freddy!

    Find more information on the probe: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/defect/results.cfm?action_number=EA02029&SearchType=QuickSearch&summary=true


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