Jeep re­calls 1m over airbag fault

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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.

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