A recall campaign from 2012 might not have adequately addressed issues with inadvertently deploying air bags in 744,000 Jeep vehicles.
The Auburn Hills, Mich. company launched a campaign in 2012 that called back Jeep Liberty SUVs from 2002 and 2003 and Grand Cherokees from 2002 through 2004, but since then six owners complained that their air bags deployed accidentally after having taken their vehicle in for service.
Now the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says it is opening an investigation to see if Chrysler’s initial fix actually addressed the issue. The fix Chrysler implemented in its now-complete recall campaign involved installing an in-line jumper harness with an integrated electrical filter for the circuits that connect to the air bag modules. Chrysler said it believed transient electrical spikes were responsible for the inadvertently-deploying bags and that the filter would prevent that from happening.
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