Nearly 745,000 Grand Cherokee, Liberty SUVs Recalled for Defective Airbags
Last Week, Chrysler Group announced that it will recall about 745,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty SUVs because of faulty airbags. The recall applies to 2002 to 2004 Grand Cherokee and 2002 to 2003 Liberty models.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that a part of the airbag control module may not work properly and could deploy the front and side airbags without warning while the vehicle is being driven. Seatbelt pretensioners could also be triggered if the control module fails.
No accidents have been reported, but The Detroit News reports that about 81 minor injuries have occurred as a result of more than 200 unintentional airbag deployments. “The injuries include burns, cuts and bruises to the upper body.”
Chrysler Group will contact owners in January and dealers will repair the control module free of charge. Owners can call Chrysler Group at 1-800-247-9753 or NHSTA at 1-888-327-4236, or visit www.safercar.gov.
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