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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

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2002 Jeep Liberty Owner Comments (Page 22 of 23)

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problem #30

Dec 272011


  • 110,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Jeep Liberty. The contact was driving approximately 65 mph and a chime sounded inside of the vehicle. Suddenly the front driver's side air bag deployed. The unintended malfunction occurred without any impact. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing. The contact was waiting for a response from the manufacturer pertaining to the repairs. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000. Veh is currently at North point Jeep in winston salem, nc for repair. Raining on event date, but no prior water/leakage issue. No prior abl issue. No off-road/off highway usage. Pco

- Winston Salem , NC, USA

problem #29

Nov 032011

Liberty 6-cyl

  • miles
August 08, bought my 02 Liberty. Took about 1.5 years to drive it because of an accident - that's why I bought the Liberty. About 1 year later the idle air control valve went out, had to replace it. There's been other, minor things, like when accelerating, feels like someone bumped into me. Sometimes are worse than others. Often feel a "vibration." Within months of being 1 year of replacing the iav, began to get extremely bad gas mileage - about 187M to a tank. Not sure why. Replaced the spark plugs, did a lof, inspection, etc.. almost exactly 1 year from replacing the iav, check engine light came on. Was on for 1-1.5 days. I decided not use it until I could get it to the mechanic. Next morning, was going to the store & the light was off! but when I pulled into a parking space, it died. This sort of things happened before, db cluster being "faulty." Other things [vacuum seal leak, etc] never prompted the lights on. Had to replace the iav again & it ran fine. Recently, been getting that "kicking" feeling & like my car is running "rough". today, I noticed the airbag light was stuck on. Checked the manual, it said to have the airbag system checked. I was nervous about driving - had an odd feeling the airbag would deploy - moved my seat back just in case. Since the accident, I get anxiety over these things. Luckily, no deployment. Got it home, turned it off, waited, turned it on, waited a few seconds and the light turned off this time. Went straight to my computer only to find these recalls and investigations - one being the steering - last week had a nerve-wracking experience, my car began to swerve turning left onto the freeway, it was raining, so, I slowly merged. Wasn't until it straightened out that it began to swerve, almost like losing control, didn't feel like a "slip." But I just assumed it was. Also, the seat belts don't seem to stay click in at times.

- Tenino, WA, USA

problem #28

Aug 022010

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
After seeing multiple stories regarding the airbags in Jeep liberties randomly going off, I noticed that most of the incidents occurred after the owners mentioned seeing the airbag light on dashboard going on off periodically. Although the airbags in our Jeep Liberty have not gone off unexpectedly, we have been experiencing the airbag warning light going on and off for at least a year. When brought into dealership they could not explain why light was going on and off. I am concerned about driving this Jeep Liberty with the potential that it could go off. I figured notifying the safety commission was the best thing to do.

- Oxford, PA, USA

problem #27

Aug 222011


  • 97,678 miles


Air bags didnt work, rear tire driver side blew question steering?

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #26

Apr 022010

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
The seat belt buckle on my 2002 Jeep Liberty started getting stuck in the unlatch position about three months ago which means I have to dig it out in order to belt myself in, and it doesn't always work. Due to my unemployment, we tried taking a belt from the back seat and using it in front but now my air bag light won't go off. This seems very unsafe to me.

- Albany, OR, USA

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problem #25

May 172009


  • 100,000 miles
Driving South on rt 3 on the rockland/norwell lin in MA. A deer ran across the highway - we hit it head on and rolled the 2002 Jeep Liberty sport. The air bags did not deploy - major injuries.

- Marshfield, MA, USA

problem #24

May 172009


  • 100,000 miles


Driving South on rt 3 on the rockland/norwell lin in MA. A deer ran across the highway - we hit it head on and rolled the 2002 Jeep Liberty sport. The air bags did not deploy - major injuries.

- Marshfield, MA, USA

problem #23

Jun 022009


  • 90,000 miles
I was traveling off naval bae kitsap on my way home when I reached a green light at the intersection a gentleman was making a left hand turn, he had a yield sign but no turn signal, I was traveling 40 miles an hour when I impacted his passenger door. His air bag deployed, mine did not. I was driving a 2002 Jeep Liberty. The next day I was reading on a website saying Chrysler was suppose to implement a recall on several 2002 Jeep Liberty's due to wiring issues. I never saw a recall. I had several bruises and bumps.

- Poulsbo, WA, USA

problem #22

Nov 132008

(reported on)

Liberty 6-cyl

  • miles
2002 Jeep Liberty. Consumer air bags deployed while traveling 5 mph. The air bags deployed for no reason. The consumer received abrasions to his arm.

- Waterbury, CT, USA

problem #21

Sep 262008


  • 52,000 miles
2002 Jeep Liberty loss of steering control at 40 mph. Causing vehicle to swerve right into a ditch and resulting in a rollover accident. Not drivable total loss of vehicle. Injury to driver.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #20

Aug 032008


  • 78,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Jeep Liberty. While traveling in the right lane and attempting to change lanes, another vehicle pulled into the contact's blind spot. The contact swerved to avoid crashing into the other vehicle and her vehicle began to shake and rock. She lost control of the vehicle, drove off the road, and crashed into a dirt embankment. The vehicle rolled over. The air bags failed to deploy and the contact and another passenger were seriously injured. They were both transported to a local hospital. A police report was filed and the vehicle was towed to varnadores tow lot. The speed was unknown. The failure and current mileages were 78,000.

- Melboune, FL, USA

problem #19

Dec 282006

Liberty 6-cyl

  • miles
Oregon police traffic crash report. Jeep Liberty. Driver swerved to the right to avoid hitting an animal in the road vehicle ran on the shoulder flipped over and came to rest against a utility pole. The air bags did not deploy.

- Bend, OR, USA

problem #18

Nov 262005

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,435 miles
- the contact called regarding recall letter 06V288000 that he received on 09/27/06. The contact stated that last year on 11/26/05 he had a crash while driving the vehicle in the evening. It was on a clear night and the road conditions were good. He stated that he lost control of vehicle, the steering became very stiff, and the vehicle started shaking and vibrating while driving at 45 mph. The contact stated that he couldn't get control of the vehicle and hit a traffic light. The air bag didn't deploy, but the seat belt did restrain him. The contact said that in both the police report and the insurance report stated that the ball joints failed. The contact was admitted for internal bleeding. The vehicle sustained a great deal of damage, and the contact was obliged to pay the state of Maryland for the replacement of the traffic light $1,075.26. The contact was interested in some type of reimbursement. The contact stated that he wrote to Chrysler last year informing them of the vehicle's malfuction, but still had no response from them.

- Bowie, MD, USA

problem #17

Sep 192006

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles
My son was driving a 2002 Jeep Liberty when the steering wheel jammed on him approaching a curve he slammed the brakes but the vehicle kept skidding until it invaded the other side of the road hit a tree(if not for the tree he would have fallen off the mountain side!!). in no moment did the air bags activate. About 3 or 4 days later I received a safety recall notice F23 - lower ball joints that indicated the ball joints could corrode & separate resulting in a loss of the steering control. I got in contact with the company where they ask for pictures of the accident (which I E-mailed to them) but cannot repair the vehicle (or will forfeit any claims they say)therefore leaving me with no transportation and still having to pay the bank the car loan. I asked the daimler Chrysler rep if there was some kind of car assistance program in a couple of occasions and have received no reply plus I have been informed that an appraisal will be done in about 2 weeks from now. Is there anyway this process can be sped up or aren't they suppose to lend me a vehicle until this is resolved?

- Guayama, PR, USA

problem #16

Mar 292006

Liberty 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles
Went around a curve and hit a tree with the Jeep. It cost the insurance company and me $9,000. Is that the cast of the ball joints?

- Bethlehem, PA, USA

problem #15

Jul 102005

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles
I was involved in a head on car wreck on July 10, 2005, and the air bags on my 2002 Jeep Liberty limited fail to go off, nothing was done to correct this problem as the vehicle was totaled as a result of the crash.

- Cherry Valley, CA, USA

problem #14

Jan 252005

Liberty 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
While driving 55 mph steering wheel locked up causing a vehicle collision. Upon impact driver's side air bag did not deploy. Vehicle was towed. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Bardstown, KY, USA

problem #13

Sep 092003

(reported on)

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While traveling at 30 mph vehicle was involved in a frontal collision and air bags did not deploy.

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #12

Mar 252003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,800 miles
Accident on March 25th, 2002. The other driver ran a stop sign going 10-15 mph. I was going 45 mph. His Toyota Camry struck my Jeep Liberty on the front passenger side. The impact tore the front tire off and ripped out the right front suspension. There was no air bag deployment. I slammed into the dash and had severe bruises on my knees.

- Hanceville, AL, USA

problem #11

Mar 022003

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
NHTSA campaign id#01V311000 id#01V373000 have not been notified by Chrysler of these. Had 2002 Jeep Liberty since Dec 2001 VIN#[xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Red Bud, IL, USA

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