Consumers who own a 2012 Jeep Liberty who have also experienced this issue are encouraged to file a complaint with NHTSA. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened a probe into the issue on June 1, saying that as many as 105,000 model year 2012 Jeep Liberty vehicles may be affected. Now regulators are looking into reports that certain models may fail to deploy airbags in the event of a crash. Regulators point out that replacing the module fixed this issue in some cases, but reports suggest this can cost hundreds of dollars. NHTSA has said that their current probe is only a preliminary evaluation to determine the scope, frequency, and safety-related consequences of the potential defect.
NHTSA investigates Jeep Liberty airbag system failures
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched an investigation into 2012 Jeep Liberty complaints.The agency has received at least 44 reports of occupant restraint controller (ORC) failures. Dozens of owners claim to have experienced problems with the occupant restraint controller, which manages the front passenger airbag to prevent injuries to children. Owners report that the airbag warning light remains illuminated, allegedly due to problems with the ORC module that manages the front passenger-side airbag to prevent injuries to children. “”A Preliminary Evaluation has been opened to assess the scope, frequency, and safety-related consequence of the alleged defect,” the NHTSA says. “A failed ORC may prevent the air bag system from operating properly in a crash,” the NHTSA says.A few complaints suggest the ORC module was replaced for around $375 to $500 if the vehicle was out of warranty.
Share PinterestEmailThe 2012 Jeep Liberty SUV is under a preliminary U.S. safety investigation for complaints of a failing airbag control computer, which could hinder the airbag from operating properly in an accident. The article “FCA under investigation for failing airbags in 2012 Jeep Liberty” originally appeared at Automotive News on 6/5/17. NHTSA said that the Jeep Liberty was last produced in 2012, and the vehicle consumer questionnaire had fewer complaints for earlier model years. If the preliminary investigation suggests the vehicle may have a harmful defect, NHSTA could call for an engineering analysis. The owners said a airbag warning light remained on while they were driving, and for some drivers, turned off when the computer was replaced.
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