Chrysler has issued a global Chrysler recall of more than 900,000 older-model Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Liberty SUVs due to a problem with airbags inflating inappropriately.
The Jeep recall and Liberty recall of over 919,000 such vehicles includes Jeep Liberty SUVs from the model years 2002 and 2003, and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs from the model years, 2002, 2003 and 2004. That’s according to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA.
The Jeep and Liberty defect concerns a part in the airbag control computer which can fail and cause side and front airbags to inflate despite the car being in motion and there being no evidence of a collision. Safety belts also tighten as the airbags inflate, as if a crash was occurring.
Though no crashes or wrecks have been reported to the NHTSA due to defective airbag inflation, the agency says it found in an investigation that such defective airbags had inflated suddenly at least 215 times, resulting in 81 minor injuries.
Chrysler plans to notify vehicle owners in January of the airbag defect, which it will repair for free by installing an electrical filter.
The bulk of the Chrysler Jeep recall affects the United States, where almost 745,000 SUVs are being recalled. Another 22,000 are in Mexico, with 49,000 in Canada. All of the other defective vehicle are located beyond North America.
Owners are advised that a dashboard warning light should illuminate prior to an inappropriate airbag inflation. In that case, owners should notify a Jeep dealer.
Probes have found that electrical stress on a circuit in the control computer causes the airbags to inflate inadvertently.
Chrysler says such inadvertent airbag inflation occurs in under .03 of a percent of its vehicles. Even so, more than 919,000 vehicles are in the Chrysler recall.
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