Chrysler announced this month that it is recalling more than 900,000 Jeep vehicles worldwide, 744,822 of which are located in the United States, for faulty airbags that could inadvertently deploy while the vehicle is in operation.
The cars that are under recall are the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty SUVs from the model years 2002 through 2004. The automaker said that airbags from the front and side of the vehicles, as well as pretensioners, which are used to tighten seatbelts, could go off at any moment.
David Dillon, Chrysler Group’s head of product investigations and campaigns told the Wall Street Journal that a design change to a supplied component was linked with a small number of unexpected airbag deployments and in order to keep with the best interest of customers, Jeep has began the recall campaign.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an airbag unexpectedly going off could lead to an increased risk of injury and accidents, putting the car's driver, passengers and other motorists on the road at risk.
Chrysler did not receive any reports of incidents or injuries from the affected vehicles, but did confirm 215 cases the NHTSA received, which also resulted in 81 minor injuries, were due to the affected cars.
Mercedes-Benz issued a similar recall pertaining to the airbags, with an entirely different problem. The automaker, known for being one of the most respected brands in the luxury vehicle market, faced problems last month when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced a recall of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupes.
The recall only affects 499 E350 and E550 models that were built between April 2 and June 29, 2012 and was issued because airbags might not deploy properly or could deflate faster than normal. Where Jeeps might blow up in your face at any moment, Mercedes-Benz cars might not work when they need to. Owners of the luxury vehicle are urged to take their vehicles to the dealer as a result of the recall.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the stitching on the right side window curtain airbag on the passenger side are the cause of the problem, which could reduce the overall level of protection. In the event of an accident, which should deploy the right window curtain airbag, the passenger may be at an increased risk of injury as a result of the defective airbags.
Recalls serve as a good reminder for auto owners to monitor the performance of their vehicles and take them to local auto body shops for tune ups and services.