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About 745,000 Jeep Liberty and Grand Cherokee SUVs are being recalled in the United States due to faulty airbags that go off unintentionally, which can cause an accident or harm to passengers. In addition, the recall is extended to 49,430 models in Canada, 21,828 models in Mexico, and 103,465 models outside North America. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a faulty component in the air bag control module caused airbags and/or seat belt pretensioners to deploy suddenly without any cause.
So far, there have been reports of about 81 people who were injured due to this malfunction. Although the injuries are minor, a likely case of a collision is also eminent. Chrysler says that the problem can be fixed by installing a supplemental jumper harness to the airbag control module.
The affected vehicles are certain 2002-2003 Jeep Liberty SUVs built from January 9, 2001, to March 28, 2003, and 2002-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs built from February 13, 2001 to May 23, 2003.
The recall is expected to begin in January 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.