NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2012 Jeep Liberty (Page 2 of 3)

CarComplaints.com Notes: On August 16th, 2012 Jeep stopped production of the the Jeep Liberty, marking the end of a troublesome journey for the SUV.

All in all, the 2012 Liberty actually excels off-road, but since 99% of drivers never take this thing off pavement, that becomes somewhat of a moot point. The Liberty suffers from the worst fuel economy in its class (16/22 MPG) and offers an uncomfortable ride with suspect braking ability.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
139,645 miles

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2012 Jeep Liberty electrical problems

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2012 Jeep Liberty Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #40

Jan 022015

Liberty

  • 50,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2012 Jeep Liberty. While driving at various speeds, the windshield wipers operated independently. The contact stated that the failure recurred daily. The contact also stated that the anti-theft system would alarm independently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the anti-theft system was disabled, but the technician could not diagnose what was causing the electrical failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 50,000.

- Sedalia, MO, USA

problem #39

Oct 022015

Liberty

  • 39,000 miles
The "gate" light in my Jeep Liberty came on while driving and would not go off, even though everything was securely shut. As a result, I was unable to lock my vehicle because the alarm would sound. The interior lights also stayed on during this time, which was a hazard when driving at night as it directly affected my ability to see outside my car. I have done some research on this issue and do see that it appears to be a common problem which may be caused by faulty rubber trim around the rear hatch window. The rubber allows water to get in to the latch and eventually ruins it. I recently had the gate latch assembly replaced, which did resolve the issue, .

- Burlington, VT, USA

problem #38

Sep 292015

Liberty

  • 45,133 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated that while driving approximately 10 mph, the air bag warning light illuminated continuously. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 13V282000 (air bags, electrical system). The vehicle was serviced under the recall but the remedy failed to correct the failure. The contact was informed by the dealer that the occupant restraint control module needed to be replaced but that specific component was not covered under the recall. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 45,133.

- Glen Allen, VA, USA

problem #37

Aug 242015

Liberty

  • 83,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Started up the car around 8/24/2015 and the red airbag light came on in the middle of the dash. It remains on at all times while the vehicle is on.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #36

Nov 282014

Liberty

  • 40,000 miles
At around 40K miles the airbag light in the dash came on and would not turn off. When we took the car to get it inspected it failed inspection due to the airbag light and the mechanic told us we would have to take the car to the Jeep dealer to have them diagnose and fix the issue. We took the car to the dealer and they said the issue was the orc module and it would have to be replaced and it would cost $650. This part was recalled on the 2011 Jeep Liberty and I have read a lot of complaints online about this part on the 2012 Liberty. We have no choice in replacing this part or our car will not pass inspection and our only option is to take it to a Jeep dealer to replace.

- Leesburg, VA, USA

problem #35

Aug 232015

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,169 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Jeep Liberty. While driving 20-30 mph, the vehicle stalled. A few seconds after the failure, the engine made an abnormal noise and restarted independently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 44,169. MA 10/6 updated 3/28/2016

- Marion Center, PA, USA

problem #34

Jun 152015

Liberty

  • 61,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2012 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated that the rear gate light remained illuminated and the alarm sounded when the vehicle was locked. The contact had to leave the doors unlocked in order to enter the vehicle. The contact had not taken the vehicle to the dealer, but was informed by a mechanic that it seemed like the totally integrated power module failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 61,000.

- Keyesville, NY, USA

problem #33

Jul 172013

Liberty

  • miles
My air bag light has come on, and remains on, for no reason. No accidents, which could possibly cause any possible electrical malfunction. The air bag has not deployed. It appears to be an electrical malfunction. Also, the clock seems to run two minutes slow every month.

- Orange Park, FL, USA

problem #32

May 092014

Liberty

  • miles
Nothing major yet..there is a problem with the tipm, my Jeep just went over 50,000 miles and now I have this that is out of warrenty.because this problem is out there and no recall for this defect and am going to be forced in trading in, I do not feel safe with all the sudden issues.Chrysler ignoring this problem, I will not by another Chrysler product.I have my grandchildren ride with me often and I am concerned. Thank-you.

- Theresa, NY, USA

problem #31

Jun 172014

Liberty

  • 36,000 miles
On June 17, 2014 I went to fields Chrysler Jeep Dodge in sanford fl. Due to starting issues with my 2012 Jeep Liberty which I purchased on December 2012 upon arrival I entered the service lane and was greeted by a company employee. He said "someone will be with you shortly" not long after another employee said basically the same thing. I waited a while longer then another person who did not introduce himself (whom now I know as [xxx]). how can I help you" I state to him that my Jeep is having starting issues and without letting me finish he said you got no warranty it's a 2012 Jeep. I stated, ?sir this Jeep was purchased on 12/2012 and it doesn't matter the warranty goes from the manufactured date.? I continue to explain that the warranty says 12 month with an 18 month replacement then it's prorated. Then [xxx] looked into the truck and said you have too many miles in a rude and non-professional manner. I said can we look at the battery and look at the warranty. I released the latch and he opened the hood. [xxx] was standing in front of the Jeep and I was by the driver side I began to read the printed warranty on the battery. I began to notice liquid coming from under one of the caps. I said look at that not good. At that time [xxx] said let me handle this issue. I touched it and the top blew off exploding and spraying me in the eyes and in the face. I was rushed to another area of the shop where they began to flush my eyes. The first person that greeted me upon arrival he said I"M the person who first greeted you the medic cane and continued first aid while transporting me to the hospital in sanford then the emergency room operators took over. I received 2nd and 3rd degree burns on my face. My eyes are severely damaged my vision has been greatly decreased with dry eyes cloudy and vision which is hindering my night time driving. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Casselberry , FL, USA

problem #30

Feb 152014

Liberty

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2012 Jeep Liberty. Upon starting the vehicle, the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the restraint control module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The contact was made aware of NHTSA campaign number: 13V282000 (air bags, electrical system); however, the VIN was not included. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Byron, GA, USA

problem #29

Jan 202015

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • 64,000 miles
I noticed the light flashing on and off while driving into town, it was a cloudy day and the lights had come on automatically, it has happened several times since this and I am concerned about a short in the system which could cause a fire and do a lot of damage to vehicle or myself.

- Piedmont, SD, USA

problem #28

Jan 162015

Liberty

  • 56,000 miles
While driving my 2012 Jeep Liberty at about 10-15 mph, on two different occasions dashboard lights will suddenly appear and the vehicle automatically turns off in mid driving. No current recalls for this particular Jeep Liberty model. This is major issue safety issue and I have hopes that the issue will be properly addressed by Jeep.

- Virginina Beach, VA, USA

problem #27

Jan 272015

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • 43,000 miles
My air bag light has come on, and remains on, for no reason. No accidents, large pot holes hit to cause any possible electrical malfunction. The air bag has not deployed. It appears to be an electrical malfunction.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #26

Jan 222015

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • 7,000 miles
While driving my 2012 Jeep Liberty at about 30-40 mph, on three different occasions thus far, all dashboard lights suddenly appear and the vehicle automatically turns off in mid driving. No current recalls for this particular Jeep Liberty model. This is major issue safety issue and I have hopes that the issue will be properly addressed by Jeep.

- Schenectady, NY, USA

problem #25

Sep 172014

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • 47,583 miles
Vehicle was parked and turned off. Car alarm sounded due to loud vibration noise nearby. When went out to car to reset, the dash light indicated rear gate lift open. Checked gate and it was securely latched, as was the window. Reset alarm and went back inside. I was notified again that alarm was sounding and had to turn the alarm off completely. Kept getting warning that gate lift was open which it was not. Interior dome light kept coming on. Started car and shut it off after several minutes..gate lift indicator still showing up. Finally gave up and ignored it after having opened and shut gate and separate window latches several times. The light finally went out after several hours...neither the gate or the window were ever found to not have been secure.

- Finksburg, MD, USA

problem #24

Oct 252014

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
Driver's side lock flutters up and down rapidly every time the car locks even when the engine is running. Makes a loud and startling noise that is dangerous when driving. Sometimes the door gets stuck from the inside because of the lock issue and the driver cannot exit the vehicle from that side.

- Mamaroneck, NY, USA

problem #23

Nov 122014

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 56,900 miles
We bought the 2012 Jeep Liberty last year and the airbag light came on randomly last week when I started it and hasn't turned off. I called the dealership and they said it would be $125 to diagnose the problem then more money to fix it. After researching online and not having the money to fix this issue I am afraid that the airbags might deploy while I am driving.

- Fountain, CO, USA

problem #22

Jul 012014

Liberty

  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Jeep Liberty. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 13V282000 (air bags, electrical system); however, the part needed to remedy the recall was unavailable. The VIN was unavailable. The manufacturer was aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Hudson, FL, USA

problem #21

Sep 032014

Liberty

  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact received a notification for recall NHTSA campaign number: 14V391000 (electrical). However, the parts needed to service the vehicle under the recall were unavailable. The dealer stated that the parts were available, but because of a waiting list the parts were arriving slowly. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Cumming, GA, USA

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