By Nat Shirley
Friday, Nov 9th, 2012 @ 10:00 am
 

Chrysler has announced that it will recall 744,922 Jeep Liberty and Grand Cherokee SUVs in the United States to address an issue that can lead to unexpected airbag deployments.

A component in the airbag control module is at risk to fail and trigger the front airbags, side curtain airbags and/or seatbelt pretensioners during normal driving conditions, increasing the risk of injury and the possibility of an accident. Model year 2002-03 Liberty and 2002-04 Grand Cherokee models are affected by the recall.

"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," said David Dillon, Chrysler's head of product investigations and campaigns, in a statement.

The recall follows a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigation into the problem that identified 215 complaints of unexpected airbag deployment. Of those incidents, 81 resulted in minor injuries such as upper body bruises, burns and cuts. Chrysler says that no accidents have resulted from the issue.

Chrysler dealers will rectify the problem by installing a supplemental jumper harness to the airbag control module at no cost to owners. The recall campaign is expected to commence in January.

In addition to the 744,922 affected Jeeps in the U.S., Chrysler is also recalling 49,430 vehicles in Canada, 21,828 in Mexico and 103,465 outside of North America for the same problem.