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Safety Regulators Open Probe into 2012 Chrysler Jeep Recall

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Tina Robinson3 years ago

Almost two years after Chrysler issued a recall for Jeep Libertys and Jeep Grand Cherokees that experienced inadvertent airbag deployment, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced it will open a probe to look at the effectiveness of the recall. According to Reuters, there have been six complaints of airbags deploying even after repairs were made.

About the Chrysler SUV Recall

On Nov. 7, 2012, Chrysler recalled approximately 744,822 SUVs in the U.S. and an additional 174,723 SUVs in Canada, Mexico, and other foreign markets. The vehicles, including the 2002-2003 Jeep Liberty and 2002-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee, were recalled because an airbag circuit could potentially degrade resulting in inadvertent airbag deployment. The automaker had received 215 reports of deployment and 81 minor injuries in the U.S.

Chrysler believed they fixed the problem by installing an in-line jumper harness with an integrated electrical filter. However, Chrysler recently told NHTSA it had received six complaints of inadvertent airbag deployment after the vehicles were repaired. Chrysler says no crashes have been reported but are aware of injuries consisting of cuts and burns.

The NHTSA query will look into the effectiveness of the 2012 recall.

Increased Sensitivity over Auto Safety

The move to investigate the Chrysler recall is part of industry-wide efforts to be proactive about potential safety issues after the fallout of the GM ignition recall. Last week, Ford Motors announced a large 1.3 million vehicle recall for issues including steering defects and fire risks. Experts predict the auto industry to recall a record number of vehicles this year.

In February, GM recalled 2.6 million vehicles due to defective ignition switches. That recall has spawned multiple federal investigations, lawsuits, and most recently a $35 million fine. The fine, the maximum allowed by law, was assessed after it became apparent that GM has delayed recalling the dangerous vehicles for over decade despite evidence the company was well-aware of problems. 


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