Jeep recalls 1m over airbag fault
A RECALL of nearly a million Jeeps around the world may include up to 11,000 vehicles in Australia.
The recall, which has been issued by Jeep’s parent company, Chrysler, is due to a defect in the airbag control modules that could cause the front or side curtain airbags to deploy inadvertently.
The vehicles carrying the defective module are the Jeep Liberty (sold in Australia as the Cherokee) and Grand Cherokee SUVs built from 2002 to 2004.
The 919,545 Jeeps recalled by Chrysler include 744,822 in the United States; 49,430 in Canada; 21,828 in Mexico, and 103,465 spread around the rest of the world.
More than 11,000 of those two models were sold in Australia during the period covered by the recall, but Chrysler Australia has not yet confirmed the exact number affected here.
The recall was sparked by an investigation started late last year after reports of airbags deploying inadvertently in the US. There were 215 cases examined, including 81 that resulted in injuries.
The defect will be fixed with the installation of a supplementary jumper harness to the airbag control module, Chrysler said.