Vehicles Affected: Approximately 284,000 model-year 2003 Jeep Liberty SUVs manufactured between March 29 and July 3, 2003, and model-year 2004 Grand Cherokee SUVs manufactured between May 27, 2003, and May 20, 2004
The Problem: Due to electrical noise beyond the tolerance of the airbag electronic control module, a component in the module may fail, causing the front and side airbags, as well as the seat belt pretensioners, to deploy inadvertently while the vehicle is being operated. This increases the risk of an injury and a crash. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles noted that it is aware of seven injuries caused by inadvertent airbag deployment but no related crashes, and that these recalled vehicles are not equipped with Takata Corp. airbags.
The Fix: Dealers will replace the airbag electronic control module and the front or side airbag impact sensors, as necessary, for free.
What Owners Should Do: FCA will begin notifying owners by the end of December; owners will be mailed a follow-up notification when new modules are available. Owners can call the automaker at 800-853-1403, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.
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