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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Airbag Recall Update: Jeep Cherokee and Takata

It was recently announced that more than 228,000 Jeep Cherokee SUVs are being recalled due to faulty software that affects side airbag deployment.

The software bug can cause the airbags to inflate randomly and without warning. The recall is for the 2014 and 2015 models of the Jeep Cherokee. Most of these models were sold in the U.S. and Canada.

Fiat-Chrysler is downplaying the announcement, saying that there have only been a few incidents of accidental airbag deployment, and airbag deployment without impact has only happened when "drivers dramatically change the angle of travel" or were intentionally driving off the road. However, when an airbag suddenly inflates without warning it can startle a driver, and the defective airbags are a valid safety concern.

The Jeep Cherokee recall is yet another in a string of faulty airbags recalled for various car makes and models. In November, I wrote about the Takata airbag recall due to a serious malfunction that could result in severe personal injury or even death. It was especially urgent that Georgia residents are informed about that issue because the airbags are more likely to become defective in warm, humid climates.

And just last week, it was announced that more than 2 million Toyota, Chrysler and Honda vehicles that were "fixed" as a result of an airbag recall now require a second fix for airbags that may "inadvertently inflate" when the car is running. Vehicle owners are being asked to bring the cars back into a dealership to have the units fully replaced, as the previous airbag replacement didn't solve the problem.

There's no doubt that airbags that function properly save lives, but the recent lot of airbag recalls indicate a serious safety threat to both drivers and passengers. Georgia residents injured by faulty or disabled airbags should seek legal help. For a free consultation regarding a defective airbag or any other personal injury, contact Andrew Gebhardt at agebhardt@smithwelchlaw.com or call 770-389-4864.

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