Chrysler Recalls 919,000 Jeep Libertys, Grand Cherokees, to Fix Air Bags

Jeep libertyDETROIT -- Chrysler is recalling more than 919,000 older-model Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty SUVs worldwide because the air bags can inflate while people are driving them.

The recall affects Grand Cherokees from the 2002 through 2004 model years and Libertys from model years 2002 and 2003, according to documents posted Friday on the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.

The safety agency said that a part can fail in the air bag control computer, and the front and side air bags can inflate while the SUVs are being driven. An agency investigation started last year found that the air bags went off 215 times, causing 81 minor injuries. No crashes were reported, but NHTSA said the problem could cause a wreck.

Chrysler, which makes Jeeps, will install an electrical filter free of charge to fix the problem. The company will begin notifying owners of the recall in January.

The recall includes nearly 775,000 SUVs in the U.S., 49,000 in Canada and 22,000 in Mexico. The rest are outside North America.

Dashboard warning lights normally come on before the air bags are inflated, Chrysler spokesman Eric Mayne said. If that happens, the driver should contact a Jeep dealer.

The problem happens in less than three-hundredths of a percent of the vehicles on the road, Mayne said.

NHTSA began investigating the air bags in October of last year after getting complaints about air bags inflating for no reason in Jeep Libertys. Investigators traced the cause to electrical stress on one of two circuits in the control computer. The problem also causes the seat belts to tighten as if a collision were about to happen.

The Grand Cherokees covered by the recall were built from Aug. 1, 2001 to May 16, 2003, while the Libertys were built from June 6, 2001 to March 19, 2003.

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disappointed.driver

Took my jeep in to have the airbag recall item replaced. The dealer stated that the airbag module wasn't working. That's a $600 job. Anyone else had this issue. Maybe it was the module needing the recall

February 20 2014 at 8:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chuck

Ok so they wont start fixing them until january. So let drive are SUV and Jeeps and pray the air bag dont go off and Kill someone!!!!!

November 10 2012 at 4:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Oscar

How are they bringing all them back from China? Will we need visas to get them repatriated and fixed in Toledo?

November 10 2012 at 3:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tster50

anyone have trouble with CHECK ENGINE LIGHT coming on?

November 09 2012 at 10:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
furtura1

the airbags were made in china, but who is dumb enough to buy a Chrysler in the 1st place

November 09 2012 at 10:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tim

UAW will say "It's Bush's fault"

November 09 2012 at 8:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Regina

If Romney had his way there would no longer be a union making cars in Ohio and Michigan. No union would have survided Mitt Romney's Bankruptcy. And no pre-existing condition would have been insured unless the person had unterrupted coverage. The 30 million newly insured or unemployed would have had to not get coverage for preexisting conditions.Thanks Tea Pubs.

November 10 2012 at 3:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
derealest

Should have made 'em in China....they don't need no stinkin' recalls......Nice Job Barak giving Chrysler to Fiat for NOTHING!!.............We are so in trouble.

November 09 2012 at 6:01 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Regina

It was Fiat or dissolution of the company and the union. I think the right decision was made.

November 10 2012 at 3:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rod

Quality will improve when they are built in China.

November 09 2012 at 5:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lacabrera

That is why they are going to start making them in Italy ,see Romney screw up when he say China ,he didn't have the right information and they called him a liar even by Chrysler ,if he had said Italy ,they would had nothing to say

November 09 2012 at 5:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Regina

They are opening up a plant in China to make Jeeps for the Chinese Markets. Honda and Nissan opened plants here to make cars for our country. Why is this any different?

November 10 2012 at 3:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
pdbliz

OUR GOVERMENT OWNS IT,,,SEND THE THE BILL.............MAYBE HARRY REID KNOWS ALITTLE SOMETHING ABOUT THEM,,,,,,,

November 09 2012 at 4:55 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply