A new investigation into a Fiat Chrysler vehicle is underway. This one is a safety issue involving airbags on the 2012 Jeep Liberty SUV. The investigation involves about 105,000 Liberty models from the 2012 model year.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is conducting a preliminary investigation into 44 complaints of a failing airbag control computer, which could prevent the airbag from deploying in an accident.
In the complaints, owners claim the electronic device that detects crashes and controls deployment of the air bag system components, had apparently failed.
The VOQs state that the air bag warning light remained illuminated while the vehicle was in operation. In some cases the warning light issue was reportedly corrected by a replacement of the ORC module. In other cases consumers were advised that the ORC needed replacement, however, they elected to continue operating the vehicle in this state. – NHTSA Document
One owner claims she suffered minor injuries in a crash when her airbag didn’t deploy in an accident. The cost to replace faulty sensors that aren’t guaranteed under warranty is another issue for some drivers who filed complaints.
According to Automotive News, the Associated Press quoted FCA saying it is cooperating with the probe and that the only safety device affected is a headrest that moves to prevent injuries if a crash happens.
The next step would be for NHTSA to call for an engineering analysis if it deems it necessary before deciding whether to order a recall.
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