Chrysler recalling over 900,000 Jeeps over airbag issue

  @CNNMoney November 9, 2012: 1:16 PM ET
chrysler jeep

Chrysler says it will recall more than 900,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Liberty vehicles worldwide because airbags may deploy unexpectedly.

NEW YORK (CNNMoney)

Chrysler announced Friday that it is recalling more than 900,000 Jeeps worldwide because airbags may deploy unexpectedly while the vehicles are being operated.

The automaker said the front and side airbags as well as pretensioners which tighten seatbelts in Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Libertys from the 2002 to 2004 model years, may go off at any moment. A total of 744,822 vehicles affected are in the United States.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the airbag deployments could lead to the increased risk of injury and chances of a crash.

Related: Consumer Reports names most reliable cars

Chrysler said there have been no accidents due to the air bag deployments, but confirmed NHTSA's findings of 215 cases of inadvertent air bag deployments resulting in 81 minor injuries involving both jeep models.

Chrysler spokesman Eric Mayne said the automaker will notify affected customers directly. "They just have to take their vehicle in and the repair will take less than an hour at no cost," he said.

Motor Trend's Car of the Year track tests

Only certain cars made on a certain date have the defect and Mayne said owners will be notified most likely beginning in January 2013.

Related: Toyota recalls 7.43 million cars

Until then, Chrysler advises owners to contact a dealer only if a vehicle which matches the description gets a warning light flashing intermittently while driving. To top of page



Join the Conversation
Find Your Next Car

Get the latest car news:

CNNMoney Sponsors
Market indexes are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer LIBOR Warning: Neither BBA Enterprises Limited, nor the BBA LIBOR Contributor Banks, nor Reuters, can be held liable for any irregularity or inaccuracy of BBA LIBOR. Disclaimer. Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer The Dow Jones IndexesSM are proprietary to and distributed by Dow Jones & Company, Inc. and have been licensed for use. All content of the Dow Jones IndexesSM © 2014 is proprietary to Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Chicago Mercantile Association. The market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved. Most stock quote data provided by BATS.