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Chrysler recalls Jeeps over airbag component

by Bill Cawthon on

Chrysler Group is recalling 744,822 model year 2002-2003 Jeep Libertys and model year 2002-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees to address a potential for inadvertent air bag deployment and/or seatbelt pretensioner actuation.

The action specifically targets 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.

An investigation by Chrysler Group and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration discovered flawed occupant restraint control modules, leading to this action.

“A design change to a supplied component was linked to a small number of inadvertent air bag deployments, and in keeping with the best interests of our customers, we initiated a recall campaign,” says David Dillon, Chrysler Group’s Head of Product Investigations and Campaigns.

Chrysler Group is unaware of any accidents stemming from these incidents, which involved less than 0.03% of the total production of the Liberty and Grand Cherokee.

Affected vehicles will be fitted with a filter that restores the control module’s intended function – to accommodate proper deployment of air bags and pretensioners.

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.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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