Jeep To Issue Massive Defective Air Bag Recall

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - Chrysler is issuing a massive worldwide recall of more than 919,000 older-model Jeep SUVs as a result of air bags that can inflate while people are driving them.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the recall affect Jeep Grand Cherokees from the 2002 through 2004 model years. Jeep Libertys from model years 2002 and 2003 are also covered by the recall.

The recall came after the discovery that a part can fail in the air bag control computer forcing the front and side air bags to inflate while the car is in motion.

An investigation determined air bags went off 215 times resulting in 81 minor injuries.

No crashes were reported.

Chrysler – the manufacturer of Jeeps – will install an electrical harness to fix the problem. The company will begin notifying owners of the recall in January.

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