Airbag fault on 1M recalled Jeeps getting second look from NHTSA [UPDATE]

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Jeep Grand Cherokee

UPDATE: Here is the statement we received from Chrysler regarding NHTSA’s query: “Chrysler Group LLC advised the National Highway Traffic Administration of the six reports and, in accordance with the Company’s long-standing practice, is cooperating fully with the resulting investigation. Customer safety is paramount at Chrysler Group. Customers who are concerned may call 1-800-853-1403.”

It appears that Jeep’s repairs for nearly one million Grand Cherokees from 2002-2004 and Liberty models from 2002-2003 might not be over yet. The vehicles were first recalled in November 2012 because the front airbags could suddenly deploy without being in an accident. Now, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is opening a recall query into them because of reports of inadvertent activation on some already corrected vehicles.

The original problem affected over 919,000 vehicles worldwide, including 744,822 in the US, and was caused by a degrading circuit in the wires that control the airbags. In some cases the airbag warning light would come on just before the premature activation, but in other cases it would just happen. The automaker installed an “in-line jumper harness with an integrated electrical filter” meant to eliminate the power spikes believed to be the cause.

That might not have been sufficient, though. Chrysler has reported six incidents to NHTSA of recalled vehicles still having sudden airbag deployment, even after the repair. There have been no crashes recorded so far but some alleged cuts and burns. At the moment, the investigation appears to be in the early stages with all data other than the six reports listed as “TBD.”

Chrysler responded to Autoblog’s questions with a prepared state about the investigation, which you can read above. Scroll down to read NHTSA’s recall query.

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