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2015-01-19 13:23

SMOKE SIGNALS: Fiat Chrysler and Nissan are being probed by the US for engine fire and faulty air bags respectively. Image: Fiat

DETROIT, Michigan - Auto safety regulators in the US are investigating engine compartment smoke/fire complaints involving two Jeep Cherokees and air bags that didn't inflate properly in two Nissan Rogues.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the Cherokee probe covers 50 000 late-model SUV's.

WHITE SMOKE

A consumer complained of white smoke from under the bonnet after turning off the ignition, followed by 6m-high flames. Another complained about smoke from under the bonnet while driving.

The agency opened the Rogue probe after two complaints that the air bags on 2013 models deployed up to a minute after crashes and either inflated slowly or didn't fully inflate. The investigation covers about 195 000 vehicles.

Nissan and Fiat Chrysler, which own Jeep, said they were working with the agency.

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