A possible electrical problem in a 2009 Dodge Journey may have caused the death of a woman trapped in her burning car. According to NHTSA's Office of Defects Investigation report, there are about 82,500 similar vehicles.
NHTSA on May 1 said it opened a preliminary evaluation in response to the December 2022 incident. The ODI learned of the incident in January 2023.
According to the NHTSA report, the driver pulled over and called for help when all warning lights began flashing, wipers came on, horn started honking, windows would not go down and doors would not unlock. The vehicle caught fire, with the fire appearing to begin in the engine compartment and eventually consuming the vehicle.