In September, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began a probe of 2002 and 2003 Jeep Liberty models. Owners were reporting that airbags were deploying when there hadn't been an accident. At the time, there were 39 complaints filed: seven to NHTSA and 32 field reports from Chrysler. Ten of those complaints resulted in injuries.

A report by The Detroit News says the probe has been upgraded – there have now been 87 complaints, with 50 of them resulting in injury. Chrysler hasn't been able to nail down a single cause of, or even a single protocol for the problem; the airbags have deployed on startup and when the car is running – sometimes it's just the driver's side unit and sometimes it's both driver and passenger bags.

There are 386,873 Liberty vehicles included in the probe from those two model years. Chrysler says it is cooperating fully with the investigation and trying to find the source of the issue, with one suggestion being "a transient voltage spike" in a circuit.


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      ernie.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Odd, my sister drove one of these years ago and it got totalled when she was cut off into the highway median. Despite being totalled no airbags deployed.
      KDAWG
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm pretty sure there was a recall for airbags randomly deploying in older Wranglers as well... hmm... http://www.autobuyguide.com/1997/12-aut/jeep/wrangler/recalls/index.html
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          Joe
          • 2 Years Ago
          So true yomama6500. I investigate accidents for a living. You don't want to be in a foreign car. They are the death traps!
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      Bob
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder how well shielded from RADIO FREQUENCY WAVES the electronics are in cars nowadays? With many sources of interference to unprotected, improperly shielded and unbypassed electronics, it would NOT be surprising to see a malfunction when the car is near a powerful transmitter, such as used by some illegal Citizens Band mobile operators, or when driving near a radio or TV transmitting tower, or near to a police, fire, or HAM radio transmitter! MANY devices are built in unshielded plastic housings, and connected with unfiltered, un bypassed, and unshielded, ungrounded wiring!--Such practices result in a manufacturers "Production Price Saving" and an ACCIDENT WAITING TO HAPPEN!!
        lostboyz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bob
        These things are not black magic, they are tested and designed for.
      Johnny
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh good. Can't wait to hear Sam Elliot do the voice over for this one, followed by the Dun Duh Dun Duh dramatic music. God I hate those Jeep/Dodge commercials.
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      SooooRight
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ray TheHood should make some sort of half @ssed idiot comment that will cause the name brand billions in damage.
        clquake
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SooooRight
        Pretty sure randomly deploying airbags can do that on its own.
      Yesenia Salazar
      • 2 Years Ago
      This happened to us today, we got a police report but other than that we don't know what to do, someone please help, we need info on where to go, what to do, who to call.. thanx
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