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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
46 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
90 / 1
Average Mileage:
76,300 miles

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2003 Jeep Liberty seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Jeep Liberty Owner Comments (Page 11 of 17)

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problem #135

Sep 202014

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • 160,000 miles


The vehicle went into the ditch head on and the air bags did not deploy. The driver ended up with a broken jaw, split lip and lost 5 teeth.

- Park Falls, WI, USA

problem #134

Aug 192014


  • 224,776 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Jeep Liberty. While driving approximately 5 mph, the front passenger side air bag deployed unexpectedly. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 12V527000 (air bags). The dealer was not willing to repair the vehicle due to the excessive mileage. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 224,776.

- Rocky Faith, GA, USA

problem #133

May 012014


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated. The dealer performed NHTSA campaign number 12V527000 (air bags). The dealer advised that the air bag illuminated was not caused by the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000.

- Virginia Beach , VA, USA

problem #132

Sep 022013


  • miles


The contact owns a 2003 Jeep Liberty. The contact received the recall notification related to NHTSA campaign id number 13V252000 (fuel system, gasoline, structure) and (12V527000) air bag. The parts were not available. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue.

- Talking Rock, GA, USA

problem #131

Sep 282013


  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated that the vehicle was repaired under recall NHTSA campaign id number: 12V527000 (air bags). However, the air bags warning light continued to illuminate. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician stated that the recall repair may not remedy the warning light. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 82,000.

- Trafford , PA, USA

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problem #130

Aug 062012

Liberty 6-cyl

  • miles
None of the recalls are being fixed I have been to Jeep place in claremont nh and in springfield vt and all they can say is we dont have the parts for it now how safe am I surpose to feel when they sell these vec and dont fix them.

- Springfeild, VT, USA

problem #129

Jul 232014

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 169,000 miles


I was driving to work ~ 8:15 am and the passenger-side air bag exploded. I was still driving when the driver-side air bag exploded and I immediately pulled over and jumped out of the vehicle. I tried to open the door as I had left the car running and the doors were locked. I keep a hide-A-key on the car and the key would not unlock the doors. I went to the rear gate of the car and it would not open, however, the glass popped open and I was able to crawl in the car and turn the engine off. I then called for a tow and took my car to the Jeep dealership. I was then informed that the dealership was told not to do anything with the vehicle, they would be contacting Jeep corporate. About 1 week later, I received a telephone call from their recall technician who informed me that the air bags deploying were a result of the recall that was issued for Jeep Liberty. I have never received a recall notice with regards to the issue with the air bags until two (2) weeks after....August 3 or August 4, 2014.

- Vero Beach, FL, USA

problem #128

Jul 082014

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 141,000 miles
When attempting to switch lanes, it felt as if the steering wheel locked and the vehicle began to swerve between lanes. I had no control over the steering, therefore the vehicle continued to swerve and eventually slid off road into a median full of trees. Once in the median, the vehicle began to roll over. The vehicle rolled 3 or 4 times, eventually coming to a stop passenger-side down. There was damage all over the body of the vehicle, including the front and sides. Airbags did not deploy. Vehicle was taken in less than a year ago to get fixed due to a recall on the air bag system, but airbags did not deploy during crash. I was taken via ambulance to a local trauma unit. Vehicle was totaled.

- Henrico, VA, USA

problem #127

Aug 142014

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 158,250 miles
Airbag light came on while driving to work. Researched online and saw this has happened in other Jeep.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #126

Oct 202010

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
The contact's spouse owned a 2003 Jeep Liberty. While driving at an unknown speed, the air bag may have inadvertently deployed and caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle. The vehicle crossed over three interstate lanes before flipping over. The driver was ejected from the vehicle and was fatally injured. The vehicle was destroyed. The failure mileage was unknown. Updated 08-28-14 updated 09-25-14 updated 11/19/2014

- Sheperdsville, KY, USA

problem #125

Aug 132014

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 132,000 miles


While stopped and fully at complete rest, both front air bags suddenly deployed causing scrapes and lacerations to driver and front passenger. The M35 orc filter circuit recall had been performed 7 months prior on 1/11/14.

- Charleston, SC, USA

problem #124

Jul 012013


  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated that NHTSA campaign number: 12V527000 (air bags), NHTSA campaign number: 13V252000 (fuel system, gasoline, structure), and NHTSA campaign number: 09V119000 (suspension) exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repairs. The manufacturer was made aware of the delay. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact had not experienced any failures.

- Pendleton, OR, USA

problem #123

Nov 052013

Liberty 6-cyl

  • miles
I have received two notices to repair my car N46 and M35. I'll make this short and brief. Every time I call for an appointment they do not have the parts and could care less if my car gets repaired.

- New Windsor, NY, USA

problem #122

Jul 302014

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 100,100 miles
I was driving at 40 mph when a vehicle ran a red light and I T-boned the other vehicle. The airbags in my vehicle never deployed. This was a hard hitting front end collision that caused by vehicle to spin two times around and leave my vehicle facing the opposite direction after spinning around twice. The police officer on the scene said he was amazed that the airbags did not deploy.

- Kentwood, MI, USA

problem #121

Aug 012014

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 111,181 miles
A recent recall was done to the 2003 Jeep Liberty in March 2014 and it all went fine. A few days later the air bag light randomly turns on and off. I took it to the dealership and was told the airbag module needs to be replaced and it will run about $570. Now after reading the forums all Chrysler did was add a harness to prevent the airbags from deploying instead of replacing the module. I am also told that in the dallas area there is no module available for replacement. The dealership told me that the light being on would not affect the activation of the airbag in a accident. There was no previous problems before the M35 recall was done.

- Little Elm, TX, USA

problem #120

Jul 162012


  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Jeep Liberty. The contact received recall notices for NHTSA campaign numbers: 13V252000 (fuel system, gasoline, structure) and 12V527000 (air bags). The dealer and manufacturer stated that they did not know when the parts for either recall would be available to repair the vehicle. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #119

Sep 302013


  • miles
2003 Jeep Liberty. Consumer writes in regards to the airbag system and fuel tank leakage recall notices. The consumer stated there were no dealerships, in her immediate area and she would have to pay $1,000 to have the vehicle shipped off the island where she resides.

- Kaunakakai, HI, USA

problem #118

Aug 262013

Liberty 6-cyl

  • miles
We have made several attempts to have the recall repaired with union city, Georgia at (770) 969-7229. We spoke with don jackson. Each time, we were told the parts were not in and we would receive a call as soon as the parts come in. We never received a call back. We called again and again. Each time, we are told the part is not in and we are promised a call back. Would you kindly help.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #117

Jun 022014


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Jeep Liberty. While starting the ignition, the air bag inadvertently deployed without any impact to the vehicle. The contact sustained injuries to the mouth and right wrist. The dealer was unable to diagnose the cause of the failure. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #116

Jun 032014

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 121,000 miles
On my way to work the air bag light indicator would turn and off. I am now in the process of taking it to a Jeep dealership. I understand that there is a recall for this issue.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

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