Hundreds of thousands of vehicles are being recalled because of a potential injury and crash threat created due to an apparent defect in the vehicles.
Jeep Liberty vehicles of the 2002 and 2003 model years and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles of the 2002 through 2004 model years have been recalled by Chrysler. A whopping 744,822 vehicles are thought to be affected by the defect that necessitated the recall.
That defect has to do with the airbag control module, which could sustain a failure of one particular component. If this were to occur, then all of the side and front airbags, as well as the seatbelt pretensioners, could suddenly go off without warning. Should this take place while the vehicle is being driven, it would necessarily pose a distinct injury hazard. Plus, the attendant distraction might lead to a crash with another automobile or object along the road.
The recall is likely not going to start until the beginning of next year. Once it does, though, vehicle owners can expect to receive word of the issue from Chrysler. A fix will involve the control module receiving the installation of a supplemental jumper harness. This repair will be conducted at no cost to the vehicle owner.
Even as vehicles get safer, it’s important to note that defects can still be present. If you ever find yourself as the owner of a recalled vehicle, make sure to speak with the manufacturer and bring the automobile in for a fix immediately so that you and your family aren’t put at risk.