Chrysler Recalls 744,822 Jeep Libertys and Grand Cherokees


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    Chrysler is recalling 744,822 2002-'03 Jeep Libertys and 2002-'04 Jeep Grand Cherokees because the airbags may inadvertently deploy. | November 09, 2012

Just the Facts:
  • Chrysler is recalling 744,822 2002-'03 Jeep Libertys and 2002-'04 Jeep Grand Cherokees because the airbags may inadvertently deploy, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  • Chrysler told federal safety regulators there have been 81 minor injuries linked to the defect in both vehicles.
  • The recall is expected to begin January.

WASHINGTON — Chrysler is recalling 744,822 2002-'03 Jeep Libertys and 2002-'04 Jeep Grand Cherokees because the airbags may inadvertently deploy, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"A component in the airbag control module may fail, causing the front airbags, side curtain airbags, and/or seatbelt pretensioners to deploy inadvertently while the vehicle is being operated," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "Inadvertent deployment of the airbags may increase the risk of injury and the possibility of a vehicle crash."

Chrysler told federal safety regulators there have been 81 minor injuries linked to the defect in both vehicles.

"There were no crashes" related to the defect, Chrysler said in documentation filed with the federal government.

The affected Libertys were built from January 9, 2001 through March 28, 2003 and the affected Jeep Grand Cherokees were built from February 13, 2001 through May 23, 2003.

Jeep dealers will install a supplemental jumper harness to the airbag control module. The recall is expected to begin in January. Owners can contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753.

Edmunds says: Dealers are waiting for parts, so there will be delay before you'll be able to address this problem if you own one of these Jeeps.

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