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Chrysler recalls 919,545 Jeeps

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    The recall issued by Jeep parent company Chrysler is due to a defect in the airbag control modules.

A recall on nearly a million Jeeps around the world may include up to 11,000 here in Australia.

The recall issued by Jeep parent company Chrysler is due to a defect in the airbag control modules that could cause the front or side curtain airbags to deploy inadvertently.

The vehicles carrying the defective module are the Jeep Liberty (sold here as the Cherokee) and Grand Cherokee SUVs built from 2002 to 2004. The 919,545 Jeeps recalled include 744,822 in the United States; 49,430 in Canada; 21,828 in Mexico, and 103,465 around the rest of the world.

More than 11,000 of those two models were sold in Australia during the period covered by the recall, but Chrysler Australia has not yet confirmed the exact number affected here.

The recall was sparked by the results of an investigation started late last year after reports of airbags deploying inadvertently in the US, with the 215 cases probed including 81 that resulted in injuries.

"A design change to a supplied component was linked to a small number of inadvertent air bag deployments, and in keeping with the best interests of our customers, we initiated a recall campaign," David Dillon, Chrysler's global head of product investigations and campaigns, said in a statement. The defect will be fixed with the installation of a supplementary jumper harness to the airbag control module, Chrysler said.


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  • had a gc from 2003-2010----NEVER had an airbag 2007 hilux ---needs a new clockspring at $500.Thanks toyota----it IS a commercial vehicle----and cabin occasionally gets dusty.I won't fix it ----so its now a 2 star rated vehicle-----who cares----might as buy a new foton ,if this is toyota's build quality-------this is how they make money dudes!!!!!!

    nick of sydney Posted on 14 November 2012 12:25pm
  • It is such a bad thing that this recall is happing soo late after so many years of manufacture. I was wondering if anyone has problems with any possible sounds for the right hand front wheel area. I replaced my tirod ends twice now..and it just keeps coming again and again.??

    RRV of Adelaide Posted on 14 November 2012 12:10am
  • And, is there a number to call?

    Jaime Lynn of Australia Posted on 13 November 2012 8:15am
  • Every car maker has issues from time to time ....just ask Prado and HilUx owners re: injector issues. Build a bridge.....

    Price Grey of Perth WA Posted on 12 November 2012 10:40pm
  • Gotta love the Jeep build quality

    The Elitist Posted on 12 November 2012 9:32am
  • Shame on your quality control, Chrysler! No more poor quality American cars for us drivers down under please!

    Zes of Balwyn North Posted on 10 November 2012 10:42pm
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