The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is looking into complaints from drivers that the air bag computer control in about 105,000 model year 2012 Jeep Liberty vehicles can fail. This failure could stop the air bag system from deploying correctly in a crash. Drivers have reported that the air bag warning light stays on, allegedly because the occupant restraint controller module failed. NHTSA said that its Office of Defects Investigation has identified 44 owner questionnaire reports for 2012 Jeep Liberty SUVs stating that the warning light was on while the vehicle was running. NHTSA stated: “A preliminary evaluation has been opened to assess the scope, frequency, and safety-related consequence of the alleged defect.”
So far there are no injuries reported to the NHTSA associated with the alleged defect. This is not the first time that agency has investigated air bag issues in Jeep vehicles. In 2015 NHTSA launched a probe into about 630,000 Jeep Wranglers over the possibility that an electrical problem could prevent driver’s-side air bags from deploying on impact. NHTSA widened the probe after an initial investigation found a total of more than 2,000 complaints over an air bag light that possibly indicated a faulty clockspring in the driver’s-side air bag. An open clockspring circuit would prevent deployment of the driver air bag, the document said. However, the agency said it had not receive reports of accidents or injuries.
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