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Chrysler has issued a vehicle defect recall for about 228,181 late-model Jeep Cherokee SUVs after reports of inadvertent airbag deployments.
According to a report in The Detroit News, the recall covers 2014 and 2015 Jeep Cherokee SUVs including 168,092 in the United States.
Chrysler has said it will upgrade software governing side-curtain and seat-mounted side airbags after an investigation into airbag deployments without a crash involving drivers who “executed extreme maneuvers.”
The airbag systems basically sensed potential rollovers and automatically activated. The automaker says it is not aware of any related injuries or accidents.
In 2014, airbag recalls accounted for the largest single reason for the record number of vehicles recalled.
Last week, four automakers recalled 2.3 million vehicles for a new fix for another airbag problem linked to electronic defects that may cause airbags to deploy inadvertently.
However, those recalls are not related to Chrysler’s.
The Problem with Defective Airbags
Airbags have become an integral part of vehicle safety systems. It’s hard to imagine a car, truck or SUV without an airbag. These devices are meant to give us an extra layer of protection in the event of a car crash. However, there are times when airbags do fail.
Over the last year, millions of vehicles have been recalled for airbags manufactured by Takata that can explode and release shrapnel into the vehicle compartment, injuring or killing occupants.
Then, there are those faulty airbags that deploy inadvertently, without reason. This could be as dangerous because the driver is taken by surprise and may end up crashing the vehicle.
Auto Product Liability Issues
If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective auto, please ensure that the vehicle is preserved in its current state, unaltered. The vehicle is the most important piece of evidence in an auto defect case. When it is properly preserved an expert can examine it thoroughly for defects, malfunctions and other evidence.
Injured victims can seek compensation by filing a product liability lawsuit against the automaker or the company that manufactured faulty parts.
It takes an auto defect law firm that is not only resourceful, but also passionate about pursuing justice for injured clients and holding negligent automakers accountable.