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December 7, 2001

DaimlerChrysler Recalls Jeep Liberty sport utility vehicles

Detroit, MI (SafetyAlerts) - The Chrysler Group of DaimlerChrysler AG has published a recall affecting the Jeep Liberty sport utility vehicle. 120,000 are being recalled to repair a problem that could delay the deployment of its driver's side air bag.

There have been no deaths or injuries related to the problem, the automaker said.

The condition causes the air bag to inflate about 20 milliseconds slower, which could cause an injury to the driver.

``The likelihood of this type of contact is extremely rare,'' the automaker said in a statement.

The problem was discovered during a recent crash test, the automaker said.  A rubber casing will be installed around the wires.

The vehicles affected will be those built from April — the start of the 2002 model year production — through Nov. 27.

Owners will be notified by mail as soon as the automaker is able to secure enough rubber casings to repair all the vehicles.

About two-thirds of the vehicles being recalled also will be checked to see whether a locking clip that attaches a lower panel on the driver's side could become loose or detach.

The locking clips will be changed to ``a more robust fastening system,'' the company said. It affects the SUVs built between April and Sept. 13.

The automaker said it has received 13 complaints but no reports of injuries.

The Jeep Liberty has been one of Chrysler's most popular vehicles, with 75,722 sold through November.

Important Note Regarding Auto Recalls
Frequently SafetyAlerts will list auto recalls before
your dealer will know about them. If you have a vehicle
affected by one of these posted recalls be sure and
write down the NHTSA 
If your dealer doesn't know about the recall when you
check, ask them how they are notified of recalls and
when the next update is due.

Did you know?
During 2001 there were over
1575 products recalled in the United
States for safety reasons!

How many did you hear about?

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