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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 21 of 23)

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problem #50

Jun 072012

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • 124,000 miles


Air bag light illuminated.

- Parker, CO, USA

problem #49

Apr 272012


  • 102,000 miles
TL- the contact owns a 2002 Jeep Liberty limited. The contact stated that the driver was traveling 35 mph and crashed into the front passenger side of another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. The crash caused head, neck and back injuries to the driver, the front and the rear passenger. A police report was filed and the vehicle was destroyed. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 102,000. Kmj

- Spearfish, SD, USA

problem #48

May 252012

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 103,000 miles
Air bag indicator light comes on intermittently for no apparent reason.

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #47

May 302012


  • 108,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated that while driving 5 mph, the air bag warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer and the manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 108,000.

- Chicago , IL, USA

problem #46

Aug 172011

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • 131,500 miles
Air bag light continues to illuminate on and off. Air bags have not deployed, but continues to come and stay on for several days at a time. Updated0 06/26/12

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

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problem #45

Jun 032012


  • miles
The contact owns a 2002 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated while driving 45 mph the vehicle hydroplaned and crashed into a telephone pole. The air bags did not deploy and the seat belt did not restrain. The contact sustained a fractured nose and several bruises, as well as contusions. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was not known. The VIN was not available.

- Guntersville, AL, USA

problem #44

Oct 012009

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles


My airbag light intermittently comes on and off and after reading some stuff online they have been deployed even when there's been no accident so I'm very concerned about this matter also my overheads lights periodically have been coming on and off for years.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #43

Apr 242012

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • 126,000 miles
The air bag light on the vehicle began to illuminate intermittently. Checked internet for possible causes, and saw NHTSA investigation is underway due to random air bag deployments on 2002-2003 Jeep Liberty due to possible defective electronic component. Intermittent air bag light is associated with random air bag deployment in some cases. Intermittent air bag light appears to be associated with heat, as light has illuminated only after warm up on warm (above 70) days, and does not illuminate if it is cool (60 or below) or if it rains. Contacted Chrysler corporate, they suggested I contact dealership. Dealerships wants $100 just to attempt diagnosis of issue, and neither Jeep corporate nor two different dealerships take responsibility for product. One dealership very vocal about being concerned with getting paid diagnosis fee, either by me or by Chrysler corporate if recall initiated. Vehicle has been very trouble-prone, with several recalls to date, along with thousands of dollars of owner paid-for repairs in addition to recalls, with both repairs and recalls well above average. I would be willing to have vehicle inspected/investigated by NHTSA.

- Farmington, NM, USA

problem #42

May 062012

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 79,399 miles
Had just come to a stop at a stop sign and the driver and passenger front air bags deployed. Driver received extensive bruises and cuts on stomach both hands and arms as well as burns on face and arms. Added 1 injury.pco.

- Cordova, TN, USA

problem #41

Apr 022012


  • 151,000 miles
Within the last month upon starting my Jeep & sometimes while driving it, the airbag light comes on. The airbag has not deployed, but the light comes on periodically. There has been an investigation into the airbags on Jeep liberties, but no recall as of yet, so my only option is to pay to have it diagnosed & repaired. If the bag deploys it surely would cause injury or even wrecks if it's unexpected!

- St Joseph, MO, USA

problem #40

Jun 012008


  • 65,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Jeep Liberty sport. The contact stated that a vehicle crashed into the rear of the contact's vehicle while the contact was sitting at a traffic stop. The front driver's side air bag failed to deploy. The contact sustained injures to the hip, face and neck. The manufacturer took a complaint on behalf of the contact. The vehicle was destroyed. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000.

- Acworth , GA, USA

problem #39

Mar 222012

Liberty 6-cyl

  • miles
While driving on the highway my air bag exploded and my seat belt locked up. I was able to avoid an accident and get out of the heavy traffic, but I experienced burns and contusions on my arms and chest when the bag deployed. Being 3 months pregnant I'm thankful my injuries were not worse. I went to the hospital for piece of mind but now I'm stressed about the pending bills and fear driving my car. Added VIN.pco.

- North Olmsted, OH, USA

problem #38

Dec 042001


  • 0 miles
The airbag light on the console is on and I am unable to clear the code. Please note that I haven't hit anything while driving to cause the light error to be activated. I am reporting this due to the prior reports of air bags being triggered and exploding in 2002 Jeep Liberty without provocation. I am advocating an air bag product recall for the 2002 Jeep Liberty.

- Wyandanch, NY, USA

problem #37

Mar 012011

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The air bag warning light in our 2002 Jeep Liberty comes on intermittently for no apparent reason. We have experienced recurring incidents of this problem since early 2011. We have been unable to correlate any particular conditions or situations that may trigger these air bag warning light events. We have had an auto maintenance facility look for any diagnostic alarms or alerts via diagnostic computer evaluation and their feedback was that there is no apparent or obvious reason for the air bag light to turn on. Our concern with this situation is that it may be an indication of a potential airbag defect such as the one currently under investigation by the NHTSA related to random deployment of the airbags in 2002 Jeep Liberty vehicles. We are the original owners of this vehicle. Thank you.

- Green Bay, WI, USA

problem #36

Jan 212012

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Jeep Liberty. The contact was driving 30 mph when the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The dealer confirmed the passenger side front air bag needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 90,000.....updated 04/09/12. The control module was replaced. Updated 06/05/12

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #35

Feb 012012


  • 155,900 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Jeep Liberty. While driving approximately 30 mph, the contact noticed that the air bag warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. The warning indicator remained illumined until the engine was turned off. The failure occurred three times. The vehicle had not been diagnosed. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 155,900.

- Marysville, MI, USA

problem #34

Nov 302011

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Air bag light is coming on randomly. No pattern of any kind.

- Sugar Hill, GA, USA

problem #33

Apr 012011


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated that while driving 2 mph over a speed bump, the driver's side air bag deployed without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the dealer was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and decided to send an engineer to inspect the vehicle. The engineer concluded that the failure was not a manufacturer's defect. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 100,000 and the current mileage was 100,698.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #32

Jan 122011


  • miles
Both driver and passenger air bags deployed while at a stop light. The air bag caution light had been on for several weeks, but the dealer said it was only a fault of the monitor and was nothing to worry about. Once the air bags deployed, Jeep refused to pay for the repair or reimburse for repairs, saying that this had not ever happened before, therefore, the driver must have hit something.

- Ewa Beach, HI, USA

problem #31

Oct 132010


  • 64,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Jeep Liberty. The contact was driving 40 mph when he crashed into a light pole and the air bags did not deploy. The contact was injured and the steering wheel was bent from the force of the impact. The vehicle was destroyed. The VIN was not available. The failure and the current mileage was 64,000.

- Toledo , OH, USA

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