A recall has been issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for select model year Jeep Grand Cherokee models and Liberty vehicles over airbag concerns. The recall extends to 2002-2004 Grand Cherokee and 2002-2003 Liberty models, affecting nearly a million vehicles worldwide.

The central recall issue is a faulty sensor in the airbag control module that may result in the inadvertent deployment of front or side curtain airbags while vehicle is in motion. This obviously has the potential to be quite dangerous.

Specifically, Liberty vehicles built between January 9, 2001, and March 28, 2003 are in question. As for the Grand Cherokee, potentially affected vehicles were built between February 13, 2001 and May 23, 2003. The number of recalled Jeep vehicles in the US totals 744,822, though when factoring global sales, that number swells to over 919,000.

Chrysler plans on notifying owners beginning in January. The repair program will involve installing a supplemental jumper harness to the airbag control module at no cost to the owner.
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Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
JEEP / LIBERTY 2002-2003

Manufacturer: CHRYSLER GROUP LLC Report Receipt Date: NOV 08, 2012

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V527000 NHTSA Action Number: EA12001


Potential Number of Units Affected: 744,822

Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2002 and 2003 Jeep Liberty vehicles manufactured January 9, 2001, through March 28, 2003, and 2002 through 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured February 13, 2001, through May 23, 2003. A component in the air bag control module may fail causing the front airbags, side curtain airbags, and/or seatbelt pretensioners to deploy inadvertently while the vehicle is being operated.

Inadvertent deployment of the airbags may increase the risk of injury and the possibility of a vehicle crash.

Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will install a supplemental jumper harness to the airbag control module, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during January 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753.

Chrysler's recall campaign number is M35. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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      lucky for Chrysler, there are only 20 of these left on the road.
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        Um, there are a lot of these model years on the road. I have one, with 150k miles. It's in great shape and runs fine.
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          If its a Liberty with the 3.7 liter engine or Grand Cherokee with the 4.7 liter engine, it wont be on the road much longer!!!
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      What??? There's tons of them still on the road.
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      I hear they been sold to China. LOL
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great - so when will they recall all the Liberties with the headlights that will just turn themselves off and on while you're driving down the road?? This is pretty dangerous, too. It's been happening to me for over a year and no one knows how to fix it and Chrysler refuses to even acknowledge it.
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      My daughter just had a wreck in her 02 jeep liberty-the driver's side air bag did not deploy, however the passenger side did. She was driving down the road and someone pulled out in front of her-saying they did not see her because her lights were not on, but she did have them on. Just curious if anyone else has had this problem? I'm just thankful there were no lives lost.