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.
The introduction of the Jeep Grand Cherokee almost 18 years ago paved the way for what is now Jeep’s premium SUV segment. Selling more than 4 million units and continuously improving with every model year, Jeep proves its expertise in terms of real-world capability and on-road refinement with the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
All-new Jeep Grand Cherokee maintains the brand’s signature four-wheel-drive, torque-on-demand two-speed transfer case and towing capability while delivering high-quality on-road performance. It also boasts a world-class interior cabin and an improved fuel economy of up to 11 percent.
According to Scott Kunselman, Vice President – Jeep/Truck Product Team, Chrysler LLC, the company listened to its customers and the market which led to the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee hitting the “sweet spot” of premium on-road performance while keeping the legendary Jeep quality.
Helping the new Grand Cherokee maintain legendary Jeep off-road capability is its all-new Quadra-Lift air suspension system along with the new Selec-Terrain system which offers the driver a choice of drive system depending on the on- or off-road driving conditions. Assigned for premium on-road handling and comfort are its new front and rear independent suspension systems.
Sharing the same underpinnings as the Mercedes-Benz ML, the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is based on a rear-wheel-drive unibody platform.
Jeep paved the way for the SUV segment with the all-new 2011 Jeep Cherokee leading the next step in its evolution. Mike Accavatti, Director – Jeep, Chrysler and Dodge Brands, believe that innovations such as the Quadra-Lift air suspension and Selec-Terrain traction control sets it apart from its competitors.