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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
50 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
68 / 2
Average Mileage:
53,987 miles

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2002 Jeep Liberty seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Jeep Liberty Owner Comments (Page 20 of 23)

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problem #70

May 042012


  • 140,000 miles


Airbag light comes on after 2nd start up of the day.

- Orchard Park, NY, USA

problem #69

Nov 092012

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 107,000 miles
Air bag light went on and stays on. Called Jeep main corporate offices and they stated that there is not a recall issued yet till January 2013.they said I should wait till January for recall. They say if I choose to take it to dealer before January I would have to outlay the money and that they would reimburse us later if it was deemed a recall. Called local dealer today 11/12 and they said my daughters car is not part of the vehicles being considered. I am getting conflicting data from corporate versus the local dealers. Could you please help ?............[xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Wading River, NY, USA

problem #68

Oct 292012


  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, a deer crashed into the vehicle causing the contact to lose control of the vehicle. The vehicle spun around and crashed into a ditch. As the driver's side air bag deployed, it lit the contact's right arm on fire. The contact's arm was severely burned and he was transported to the hospital by emergency medical technicians. The police were notified and a report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was notified who advised the contact that the legal department would contact him within two days. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 180,000.

- Sanford, ME, USA

problem #67

Oct 312012

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 93,640 miles


On October 31, 2012 at approximately 5:00 pm (local eastern time), the 2002 Jeep Liberty, supplementary restraint system airbag on the passenger's side unexpectedly deployed while waiting on a traffic light intersection. The vehicle was not in movement, and was not involved in any type of collision at the time of the incident. There were no bodily injuries reported during the time of the incident. The supplementary restraint system airbag on the driver's side did not deploy during the time of the incident. Airbag warning light had been intermittently illuminated prior to the airbag deployment. Airbag warning light remains illuminated after the 2002 Jeep Liberty, supplementary restraint system airbag on the passenger's side unexpectedly deployed.

- Toa Alta, PR, USA

problem #66

Nov 012012

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 123,822 miles
Leaving a parking place, turning right and the air bag light came on and will not go off. No reason for the light to come on.

- Salem, VA, USA

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problem #65

Oct 222012


  • 135,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated that the air bag warning lamp illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 135,000.

- Gibsonton, FL, USA

problem #64

Oct 182012


  • 55,061 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated that while reversing from a residential driveway, the driver's side front air bag erroneously deployed. The contact sustained major lacerations to the face and right hand. The vehicle remained parked at the contact's residence and was not taken to a mechanic. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the issue. The failure and current mileages were 55,061.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #63

Sep 132011

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 102,678 miles
Air bag light has come on for no reason. I've read that there have been problems with air bags in 2002 Jeep liberties deploying prematurely and that the air bag light has been on in some cases.

- Lakeway, TX, USA

problem #62

Sep 302012

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 63,850 miles
Airbag light turns and does not disappear unless I turn the engine off, wait a minute, and turn back on then airbag light disappears.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #61

Sep 242012

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 164,000 miles
Just purchased vehicle, told by local dealer in early July that there was a recall on lower ball joints, with a national back order on parts, after completing repair 9/24, they stated it needs new steering knuckles at $1094. On Tuesday 9/25 said it was ready to pick up, I asked if they solved the "air bag" light being on, they said it would be a few more days. They called this morning (9/28) and said they can not give me the vehicle back because the ball joints are now falling out. I asked "since I drove it in, why after you recall repair is it not drive able? they said safety reasons. So now I have a Jeep being held hostage, with still no answer for the "air bag" light to be on. Something is wrong with these models.

- Dolan Springs, AZ, USA

problem #60

Sep 182012

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 165,207 miles


Air bag light came on and off twice within two minutes.

- Sugar Notch, PA, USA

problem #59

Sep 012012


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Jeep Liberty renegade. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph the air bags deploy without any warnings. The contact mentioned that there was no accidents and the vehicle did not impact any other object. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who stated that they would send out an investigator to inspect the vehicle. The failure mileage was 150,000.

- Pemberton, NJ, USA

problem #58

Aug 042012


  • 90,000 miles
The air bag warning light comes on and off at random times while driving, it started about three weeks ago. This just happens at random its on for 50 seconds then goes off and then back on again and then off and sometimes it does this for awhile and some times just a few times and then doesn't do it again for a couple of days. This happens at any speed the car is going. It's just totally random.

- Fort Worth , TX, USA

problem #57

Aug 132012


  • 146,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph the vehicle went over an embankment and crashed into a tree. The air bags did not deploy. The contact sustained a mild concussion and three fractured ribs. The passenger sustained whip lash, a bruised neck and bruised spinal cord. The vehicle was destroyed. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 146,000.

- Franklin, NC, USA

problem #56

Aug 032012

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 92,960 miles
Upon starting the Jeep, the air bag light went off then came back on and stayed on until the Jeep was turned off. This was a short 10 minute trip - maybe 5 miles. This happened again the next day (today). I made one other trip in between where this did not happen. This has never happened before. Occasionally the overhead lights will flash on/off as well. I had the battery harness replaced within the last year. Not sure if that is related or not.

- Olathe, KS, USA

problem #55

Jun 232012


  • 151,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated that the air bags lights would flicker on and off. The manufacture was notified who filed a case on the contact's behalf (case number: 22462754) and offered no further assistance. The failure mileage was 151,000 and current mileage was 151,840.

- Ewing, NJ, USA

problem #54

Apr 232007

Liberty 6-cyl

  • miles
The airbag warning light came on with regularity right after the 2002 Jeep Liberty sport 4WD was purchased used in April 2007. It was taken to the shop multiple times for repair only to come back on soon thereafter. It is now on continually.

- Fayetteville, AR, USA

problem #53

May 122012


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated that the air bag light illuminated every time the engine was turned on and remained illuminated at all times. The dealer was not notified. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 70,000 and the current mileage was 80,000.

- Surtrise, AZ, USA

problem #52

Jul 122012

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Fast traveling truck passed me and the air bag light went on. Now it keeps on going on for 5 seconds and then shuts off. It does this at least once a day.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #51

Jun 012010


  • 80,000 miles
ABS light comes on & off intermittently. No deployment & car has never been in a crash. This has been going on for about two years. Time for a recall based on all of the complaints listed here.

- Garden City, NY, USA

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