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Feds Probe Whether Recall Remedy Worked in 744,822 Jeeps


Just the Facts:
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a probe into whether the recall remedy for inadvertent airbag deployment in 744,822 2002-'03 Jeep Liberty and 2002-'04 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs is effective.
  • Chrysler told federal safety regulators it is aware of six vehicles that have had an inadvertent airbag deployment after the recall was conducted, according to NHTSA.
  • Chrysler told Edmunds it is fully cooperating with the investigation.

WASHINGTON The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a probe into whether the recall remedy for inadvertent airbag deployment in 744,822 2002-'03 Jeep Liberty and 2002-'04 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs is effective.

Chrysler told federal safety regulators it is aware of six vehicles that have had an inadvertent airbag deployment after the recall was conducted, according to NHTSA.

"No crashes were reported; however, injuries consisting of cuts and burns were alleged," said NHTSA in its summary of what is called a "recall query."

Some owners have informed NHTSA that the airbag warning light and/or chime activated just seconds prior to the inadvertent airbag deployment, while others said that no airbag warning light illumination occurred.

 The vehicles were recalled in 2012 to fix a filter that could degrade and result in an inadvertent airbag deployment while the vehicle is being operated on the road.

"In each case, the remedy filter had been installed in the vehicle," NHTSA said.

Chrysler told Edmunds on Monday it is fully cooperating with the investigation.

"Chrysler Group advised the National Highway Traffic Administration of the reports and, in accordance with the Company's long-standing practice, is cooperating fully with the resulting investigation," the automaker said in a statement. "Customer safety is paramount at Chrysler Group."

Federal safety regulators said they have opened a recall query to "investigate the effectiveness of the remedy for (the) recall."

Edmunds says: At this point, these vehicles have not been recalled a second time for this problem. Consumers will have to wait for federal safety regulators to finish their work. But if you own one of these Jeeps and have any concerns in the meantime, contact your dealer.

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