Jeep's 2012 Airbag Recall Investigated By U.S. Safety Regulators

This just in: the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation regarding the Chrysler Group's 2012 recall involving 919,545 Jeep SUVs fitted with defective airbags. Even though the affected vehicles have already been repaired, six consumers filed complaints stating "inadvertent airbag deployments."
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The query opened today by the NHTSA includes the 2002 - 2003 model year Jeep Liberty and the 2002 - 2004MY Jeep Grand Cherokee. Back in 2012, the American manufacturer described that the problem is caused by a defective squib filter circuitry within the airbag control module, prone to fail under unspecified circumstances.

It's worth mentioning that if the front or curtain airbags spontaneously deploy while the car is being driven, the driver will unquestionably be caught off guard, dramatically increasing the risk of an accident. Fortunately, the aforementioned six "inadvertent airbag deployments" didn't result in accidents or major injuries; only "cuts and burns" were alleged in the NHTSA statement.

Even though it's been circa 18 months since the initial call back operation of the Jeep Liberty and Grand Cherokee, the agency is currently questioning if the American manufacturer specialized in off-road machines has operated a second-rate fix on the 920k vehicles affected by this safety glitch.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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