Kemet Corporation, an electrical component manufacturer, has denied claims by Chrysler officials that it is responsible for a massive Jeep recall. On November 9, Chrysler announced it was recalling 920,000 Jeep vehicles after receiving more than 100 reports of unintended airbag deployments.

While no crashes or injuries were reported, Chrysler filed documents with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration saying that supplier TRW Automotive had made a material change in the airbag module, and that the change was responsible for the deployments. According to The Detroit News, Chrysler said TRW Automotive changed from precious metal electrodes to base metal electrodes due to the fact that the old design allowed for electrical voltage fluctuations.

Kemet supplies the sub-capacitors to TRW Automotive, which in turn supplies the airbag modules to Chrysler. Kemet said neither the precious metal nor the base metal electrodes were the cause of the trouble. TRW didn't say the parts were out of specification or make any warranty claims. Furthermore, the recall covers 2002-2004 Jeep SUVs. The material change took place in the middle of that timeframe.

Chrysler, meanwhile, has reiterated that "a design change to a supplied component was linked to a small number of inadvertent airbag deployments."

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      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder what they are going to do about all the warranty claims they denied? My neighbor had this happen pulling out of his driveway and they denied, said it was from excessive off roading or other abuse. Insurance wouldn't cover it, so he was out a few thousand dollars plus a busted arm.
      • 2 Years Ago
      @Wolfmanbil my new Jeep the first day I took it out of the garage the windshield cracked down the middle. After dealing with Chrysler to get it replaced, the back hatch leaks, the defogger burnt up, the radio had to be replaced, the brakes squeel, the tires lose air everytime the temperture changes, the rugs were sliced up, my brake light keeps coming on, the oil change lights flashes all the time, shall I continue! After I lost my job of 30 years I bought what I thought would be "dependable" transportation while looking for a new job. I spent more time going back to the dealer should of just filled out an application there. I tell everyone don't buy a JEEP they suck!
      • 2 Years Ago
      it used to be "made in japan" now it,s " made in china "
      • 2 Years Ago
      Business as usual. Good way to end things!
      • 2 Years Ago
      3 or so years ago Chrysler announced that it would use the least expensive supplier in it's automobile production. I don't know if that was a challenge to it's parts suppliers to sharpen the pencil, but I guess you do get what you pay for, often.
      • 2 Years Ago
      And they wonder why they where going bankrupt. I'll never buy a chrysler again and neither will any of my friends. I wonder if they will ever admit to faulty material being used in the convertibles? I've had two convertibles and both tops only lasted two years before they started unravelling and ultimately tore to pieces. When I confronted the dealer that sold them to me they told me that I was using them too much and age.
      • 2 Years Ago
      a 9 year old car with supposedly 25,000 miles and 3 sets of brakes, and "MANY TIRES" SOUNDS FISHEY! And a new engine? Sounds more like 250,000. my 2003 jeep liberty has 181,000 miles with NO problems.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wonder how much more wear and tear you'd put on the body, engine, etc with one of these installed: