Jeep Liberty Under Fire For Prematurely Firing Airbags

By Blake Z. Rong | September 28, 2011
It’s ironic that the Jeep Liberty’s airbags might actually cause an accident. But the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating the Jeep Liberty for exactly that reason — its airbags might deploy randomly while driving, even without a crash. Seven drivers have reported that while driving over 45 mph, the Jeep Liberty’s driver and/or passenger front airbags fired at random, with no bumps, defects, or road irregularities to spark such an event. Five people have been injured as a result. Four owners claimed that only the driver’s airbag went off, and three claimed that both had deployed. The investigation covers 387,356 Jeep Liberty models built between 2002 and 2003. A recall has not yet been determined, but with the potential threat of more injuries, the NHTSA is moving fast. Those concerned can contact the NHTSA toll-free at (888) 327-4236 and reference NHTSA Action number PE11035.