Chrysler Group LLC has issued a recall through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for approximately 919,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty SUVs. According to The Huffington Post, the recall is due to a defect that may cause the vehicles’ airbags to inflate while being driven.
Affected vehicles include 2002 through 2004 Grand Cherokees and 2003 through 2004 Liberty SUVs. Around 745,000 of the recalled vehicles are in the United States, 49,000 in Canada and 22,000 in Mexico. 103,000 of the vehicles were sold outside North America.
The defect is due to an airbag computer failure. The defect can cause the front and side airbags to deploy. Typically, the vehicle’s warning lights on the dashboard will activate prior to an airbag being released. Investigators who looked into the problem, found that electrical stress on one of the two circuits in the control computer led to the failure. The problem can also cause the seatbelts to automatically tighten, as if the vehicle were about to crash.
Chrysler is expected to begin the recall in January 2013, during which time they will offer to repair the problem without charge by installing a supplemental jumper harness to the airbag control module. Chrysler can be contacted at (800) 247-9753. The recall campaign number is M35.
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