Jeeps recalled over airbags

Jeeps Recalled over Faulty Airbags

745,000 sports utility vehicles affected.

Chrysler is recalling some 745,000 Jeep sports utility vehicles because of a problem that could cause airbags to inflate inadvertently.

Affected vehicles include certain 2002 and 2003 model Jeep Liberty vehicles and 2002 to 2004 model Jeep Grand Cherokees, Chrysler said in a letter filed with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Thursday.

"A component in the air bag control module may fail causing the front airbags, side curtain airbags, and/or seatbelt pretensioners to deploy inadvertently while the vehicle is being operated," the letter said.

This "may increase the risk of injury and the possibility of a vehicle crash," the automaker noted.

Chrysler is contacting vehicle owners and will repair the vehicles, free of charge, by installing a supplemental jumper harness to the airbag control system.

Copyright 2012 Agence France-Presse

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