Chrysler Group LLC is recalling 744, 822 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty models over concerns that the vehicles' airbags to inadvertently deploy while the SUVs are in motion, according to a recall notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
According to the notice, a component in the air bag control module may fail causing the front airbags, side curtain airbags, and/or seatbelt pre-tensioners to deploy inadvertently while the vehicle is being operated. NHTSA's office of defects investigation has identified 87 reports of air bags inadvertently deploying either at start-up or when the vehicles were in motion. Forty-two of the 87 incidents involved the driver's front airbag, while the remaining 45 incidents involved both the driver and passenger front air bags. The notice said passengers have alleged 50 injuries as a result of the deployments, ranging from burns, cuts and bruises.
The recall affects certain 2002 and 2003 model year Libertys built from Jan. 9, 2001 – March 28, 2003 and 2002 - 2004 model year Grand Cherokees built from Feb.13, 2001 – May 23, 2003. Chrysler will notify owners that are affected. To address the issue, dealers will install a supplemental jumper harness to the airbag control module free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in January.
Owners may contact Chrysler at 800-247-9753 or NHTSA at 888-327-4236.