The spotlight of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is now being shone on Chrysler and its 2012 recall of more than 740,000 SUVs due to an issue with airbags and the repairs made to them.
Six owners of the vehicles repaired for the problem have had airbags deploy without explanation. According to the safety agency, no deaths have resulted from the deployments, but some burns and other injuries have been reported.
In November 2012 the automaker recalled 744,000 2002-03 Jeep Liberty and 2002-04 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs after a NHTSA investigation in 2011. The recall also included another 175,000 vehicles outside the United States.
At the time of the recall, there were 215 reports of airbags deploying without cause resulting in 81 injuries. Once Chrysler announced the recall, the agency ended its investigation. However, with the new reports, NHTSA reopened the investigation to make sure the fix actually worked.
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Chrysler, at this point, has suggested that a change made by a supplier is the cause of the deployments. The automaker is working with the investigation.
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NHTSA’s activity level has increased in recent months in light of the issues surrounding General Motors and its faulty ignition switches. GM has issued recalls for more than 15 million vehicles since the beginning of the year.
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Last week, Ford recalled 1.4 million Ford Escapes, Mercury Mariners, Ford Explorers and Ford Tauruses for a variety of issues. The industry has recalled more than 20 million vehicles this year and is rapidly closing in on the one-year record for recalls of 30.4 million in 2004.