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Jeep Recalls 744,000 Grand Cherokee And Liberty Models

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On: Tue, Nov 13, 2012 at 2:14PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Jeep Recalls 744,000 Grand Cherokee And Liberty Models

Jeep has announced that is has issued a recall for Grand Cherokee models built between February 13, 2001 through May 23, 2003 and Liberty models built between January 9, 2001 and March 28, 2003 totaling a whopping 744,822 vehicles in all. It seems a part of the air bag control module can go bad after some time and its failure may cause any one of the airbags (driver's, passenger's, or side curtain) as well as the seatbelt tensioners to deploy. Obviously, if an airbag deploys at a time when it is not needed, it could cause serious injury or even death due to a crash.  

Chrysler (Jeep's parent company) has said it will fix the airbag module for free, and begin contacting owners early in 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753 with any questions or to schedule their repair date.

Read on for the full report.

Vehicle Make / Model:Model Year(s):
Jeep / Grand Cherokee2002-2004
Jeep / Liberty2002-2003
Manufacturer:Chrysler Group LLC
Mfr's Report Date:Nov 08, 2012
NHTSA Campaign ID Number:12V527000
NHTSA Action Number:EA12001
Component:Air Bags
Potential Number of Units Affected:744,822

Summary:

Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2002 and 2003 Jeep Liberty vehicles manufactured January 9, 2001, through March 28, 2003, and 2002 through 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured February 13, 2001, through May 23, 2003. A component in the air bag control module may fail causing the front airbags, side curtain airbags, and/or seatbelt pretensioners to deploy inadvertently while the vehicle is being operated.

Consequence:

Inadvertent deployment of the airbags may increase the risk of injury and the possibility of a vehicle crash.

Remedy:

Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will install a supplemental jumper harness to the airbag control module, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during January 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753.

Notes:

Chrysler's recall campaign number is M35. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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