Chrysler Group LLC has announced the recall of nearly 745,000 Jeep sport utility vehicles in the U.S. to repair a part that could result to the airbags being unintentionally deployed. The recall covers 744,822 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty SUVs that are from model years 2002 through 2004. The reason cited is that a part in the vehicles' airbag control module could fail.
This information is based on documents filed with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. There’s a bigger risk of getting into an accident or getting injured when this module fails. It’s possible that the front airbags, side curtain airbags and seatbelt pretensioners will deploy accidentally while the SUVs are being operated.
The documents reveal that in October 2011, NHTSA started a preliminary investigation over complaints of inadvertent airbag deployments in Liberty SUVs.
The investigation was upgraded to an engineering analysis in January 2012 to include the Grand Cherokee SUVs. The agency discovered that 215 cases of inadvertent airbag deployments had led to 81 minor injuries occurring in both SUVs. No crashes were reported. At no cost to owners, a supplemental jumper harness will be installed by Chrysler's dealers to the airbag control module. This recall is slated to start in January.