Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
38 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
72 / 1
Average Mileage:
76,665 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2003 Jeep Liberty seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2003 Jeep Liberty:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2003 Jeep Liberty Owner Comments (Page 14 of 16)

« Read the previous 20 complaints

problem #42

Mar 012012

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 170,000 miles


Air bag light keeps coming on for no reason. Online forums report it is not uncommon for 2002-2003 Jeep airbags to deploy without warning. Jeep does not offer free repair. I'm filing a complaint because I think this is something Jeep should be responsible for.

- Nottingham, MD, USA

problem #41

Nov 162012

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
While driving the vehicle the airbag indicator light began to flash and an audible alarm sounded. Now I am concerned that our vehicle has same defect with the airbags inadvertently inflating as being investigated by the NHTSA. The vehicle airbag system has never been deployed or serviced or replaced.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #40

Oct 212012

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 129,000 miles
While traveling eastbound the car in front of me stopped all of sudden due to car in front of them changing direction from turning to going straight. I crashed into the rear of the car in front of me. My Jeep has extensive damage. The airbags did not deploy. My passenger and myself had head injuries and knee injuries had the airbags deployed there wouldn't have been no injuries. Something needs to be recalled about this problem.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #39

Sep 172010


  • 120,000 miles


Was driving and all of sudden vehicle went out of control, rolling over numerous times and ending up in the opposite lane. Vehicle was hit by another vehicle and air bags never deployed. Car was completely demolished.

- Waco, TX, USA

problem #38

Oct 092012


  • 31,500 miles
My airbag light came on back in June. After reading about the un-intentional deployments I went to the dealer and ultimately had the passenger airbag replaced (in July). A week later the airbag light came on again (I have picture on phone). I took the vehicle back to the dealership and the dealer (of course light was off by then). Dealer claimed no fault code was on computer and could not find issue (although I did show them iphone pic). Light did stay off in Aug/Sept but within the past week the light has begun illuminating, staying on for a while, turning off for a while, and coming back on. The vehicle is garage kept at night but the temp has gotten cooler within the last couple weeks. Not sure what to do except set the seat back a little more and cringe a bit. I wonder how loud an airbag deployment is? vehicle has approx. 31,700 miles.

- Burlington, KY, USA

Search for these popular complaint phrases...

problem #37

Feb 012011

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Around February 2011, my airbag light started illuminating randomly for no apparent reason. It would come on, I would hear the chime, and then it would turn back off. Eventually it began staying lit longer and longer until finally it stays on all at times. I can't recall if any certain speeds made any difference but it seemed like if I was to hit a bumpy part in the road or similar then I would either see the light come on or if it was already on, it would go off. Now it never turns off. I haven't been to the dealer because I know the run around ill be given just as everyone else I've read about. I have researched how airbag systems operate and have slowly began my own process of determining what is the cause. Only problem, every thing I read states that I should not play around with the airbag system and offers no info related to testing procedures. I work on cars and electronics often, so if I just had the correct information to feel safe, then I would surely try finding the problem myself. With this said, I shouldn't have to do this and I shouldn't have to wonder all the time, when is my airbag going to explode in my face. I'll remove the entire airbag system from the vehicle myself if Chrysler doesn't react quickly. I replaced 2 window regulators. Both in the back doors. Such a common occurrence that they have created a repair kit so you don't have to purchase the window motor again. Still the point is, you see these problems, stand up and do the right thing. We (consumers) are the reason you are able to make vehicles. Also I don't know if this helps but I have replaced 2 batteries since 2008. I was starting to believe the drop in battery voltage may trigger the airbag light but that wasn't it. What is draining these batteries" alternator is charging around 14.5 volts. I can disc. Battery, reconnect and radio stations are still saved. How"

- Greenwood, SC, USA

problem #36

Sep 122012


  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, the driver side air bag deployed erroneously and without warning. The dealer was notified of the failure who offered no assistance. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure and the current mileage was 80,000.

- Manasquan, NJ, USA

problem #35

Sep 072012


  • 191,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated that while traveling 55 mph, the air bag warning light illuminated intermittently. The manufacturer had not been contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 191,000.

- Salem, IN, USA

problem #34

Sep 102010

Liberty 6-cyl

  • miles
Airbag warning light illuminating for no apparent reason. Dealership cannot find the problem.

- Kernersville, NC, USA

problem #33

May 302010

Liberty 6-cyl

  • miles
Air bag light comes on and stays on. Seems to only happen during the summer months.

- Matthews, NC, USA

problem #32

Jul 242012


  • 108,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated that the driver's side air bag deployed erroneously while sitting at a traffic stop. The contact stated that the air bag light was not illuminated prior to the failure. The contact sustained injuries to the face, arms and chest. The contact also stated that the failure disabled the seat belt, which would not longer retract. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileages were 108,000.

- Donora, PA, USA

problem #31

Jul 192012

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 67,919 miles
This vehicle has had electrical issues since I first bought it used 5 years ago. Last week I was driving my son and two of his friends home from the beach. I was on the interstate when suddenly the air bag light came on, stayed on for a minute or so, went out, then blinked a few times. I got a creepy feeling and decided to do a search. I am glad I did. I can't believe Chrysler has not recalled these Jeep, I think they are going to be paying a lot more in pi claims than it would cost to do the right thing and fix the problem. I am afraid to use my car!!! I called hall Jeep here in Virginia beach and was told to bring it in so they could do an electrical check on the vehicle. [xxx], the girl I spoke with in the service department told me to drive it up there. I told her I was afraid to after reading about the injuries that have been incurred when the driver and sometimes passenger side air bags deploy for no reason. I am 5'2" tall and must sit close to the steering wheel, increasing the chance of injury or even death. She told me that even I said that the risk of it happening was small, when I asked her how I said that her response was "you said there have only been 87 incidents and there are thousands of them on the road" !!!!! I told her it should only take one for them to be alarmed. She then suggested I have it towed - at my expense of course. This is just unsatisfactory and I will never buy another Chrysler product! my husband has been looking at the Dodge Ram truck but now I am reading about some life threatening issues with them, too! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #30

Jul 192012


  • 67,919 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Jeep Liberty. While driving approximately 55 mph, the air bag warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel intermittently. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. There was currently an open investigation under NHTSA action number EA12001 (air bags: Frontal: Driver side inflator module) the approximate failure mileage was 67,919.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #29

Jul 162012

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
I was driven in a school zone street and the lights of airbag on and aprox. 2 minutes the air bags exploded in my face, the drive and passengers side, then I stopped the Jeep, it smell like something is burning and hot, I did not see fire.

- Downey, CA, USA

problem #28

Apr 072012

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 83,597 miles
While in driveway after starting vehicle pass airbag deployed. About 5 secs later driver side ab deployed...............

- Pompano Beach, FL, USA

problem #27

Jun 272012


  • 111,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated while driving 45 mph she notice that the air bag warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The air bag then deployed erroneously. She was able to pull over on the side of the road and called the police. The contact sustained some injury as a result of being struck by the air bag. She was able to drive the vehicle home and contacted the dealer to have the air bag replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 111,000.

- Whiskey Creek , FL, USA

problem #26

Jun 252012


  • 30,100 miles
Driving late afternoon approx 35 mph. Running with max ac on, radio on, lights off and vehicle in 4X2 mode. Airbag light illuminated. Stopped at stop sign and light turned off. Illuminated again after continuing to drive. Light stayed on all the way home (approx additional 5 miles). Light did not illuminate this morning. I've just taken to dealership for review after reading the recent issues of airbag deployment after air bag light illumination with no impact (yikes). Vehicle has approx 30,000 miles on it. I will revise or re-input if dealer doesn't find issue or it deploys with no warning.

- Burlington, KY, USA

problem #25

May 162012

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 117,000 miles
I was stopped at a red light during rush hour at ~4:20pm waiting to get on the freeway (san felipe and feeder road of 610 / houston, tx). My A/C was running but the radio was off. I heard the warning chime from the dash board and noticed my airbag warning light had come on. Roughly 5 seconds later while still stopped at the red light, both the driver and passenger side airbags spontaneously deployed. After the shock, I noticed my hazard lights automatically had come on and I think the engine had shut off. I put the car in park and exited the vehicle. Since my hands were on steering wheel during deployment they received the most direct blunt force trauma along with chemical burns (I later went to emergency room that evening). The car was towed to the nearest Chrysler dealership. Luckily I was not on the freeway traveling 70mph when it happened.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #24

Mar 042012

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 152,000 miles
Air bag light come on while driving then goes off then comes on again at random. Sometimes 2 or 3 times a day.. nothing for about a month then back on all over again then off, ,,, while driving on highway. Has begun to do it more often... I am afraid the airbag will deploy for no reason while driving and cause me to be involved in an accident.

- Republic , MO, USA

problem #23

Apr 152012

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
I was injured from unexpected airbag deployment Jeep Liberty 2003. Happened to me yesterday, April 16, 2012. Thank god I was driving slowly away from my driveway. I heard a beep, look at the dashboard and saw the airbag light on. My reaction was to put my foot on the break, to lean back and my instinct made me to lift my left arm to cover my face. Boom!!! - loud explosion, pain in my arm and covered with a cloud of powder/dust. It took me a couple of seconds to realize what happened. The drivers airbag exploded without any reason at all. Seatbelt locked. I turned back to see if my 8 year old son was ok. Disoriented, confused, eyes wide open, but ok. Just thinking the tragedy it could have been 1 minute later on the highway, definitely a bad accident and many lives compromised. Added 1 injured per consumer interview.pco

- San Juan, PR, USA

Read the next 20 complaints »

Search for these popular complaint phrases...

Not what you are looking for?