As announced through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Chrysler Group LLC has issued a recall for 744,822 vehicles in the United States due to an airbag defect. According to the NHTSA, a problem with the airbag computer may cause the safety devices to suddenly deploy in the midst of driving the vehicle, putting drivers at risk of a serious crash.
Jeep Grand Cherokees from model years 2002, 2003, and 2004 as well as Jeep Liberty SUVs from 2002 and 2003 are the subject of this massive recall. As reported by The Huffington Post, investigators found that electrical stress on one of the circuits of the airbag control computer can cause the device to fail, setting off the front and side airbags and tightening the seatbelts as if the car was involved in a crash. Typically, the vehicle’s dashboard warning lights will come on before the airbags are inflated, a sign that should signal to drivers that they should pull over the vehicle to prevent a serious accident.
However, the recall does not stop at the United States. Chrysler has also issued recalls of 49,000 vehicles in Canada, 22,000 vehicles in Mexico, and 103,000 vehicles around the world, bringing the total up to 919,000.
Chrysler is expected to begin the recall in January 2013, during which time they will install a supplemental jumper harness to the airbag control module to prevent an accidental deployment. Owners will not be charged for the procedure. Chrysler can be contacted about the recall at (800) 247-9753 and the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline number is (888) 327-4236.
If you or a loved one has been affected by a vehicle defect, the legal team at Alpert Schreyer can provide you with the legal representation you need to hold negligent manufacturers at fault and find the compensation that will help you recover from your losses. To learn more contact us today at (844) 632-7274.