Some Jeep SUVs Airbags May Not Work, Company Says
Buying a new or used car is an expensive decision that most people do not take lightly. So it is natural that car buyers expect basic safety devices like airbags to work when they get behind the wheel.
Jeep is recalling roughly 100,000 sport utility vehicles because of a software issue that the company says may disable airbags. The company recently told federal regulators that the defect puts vehicle occupants at a heightened risk of injury in the event of a collision.
“The airbag warning indicator may not illuminate to notify the customer of possible compromised airbag system functionality,” Jeep said in a report filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “Reduced occupant protection in the event of a crash may result in an increased risk of injury to motor vehicle occupants.”
The recall covers certain 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L, 2022 Jeep Wagoneer, and Grand Wagoneer vehicles. Jeep told NHTSA that the company is not aware of any injuries directly caused by the defect.
Jeep said it plans to begin notifying owners of recalled cars in late December. The company will reprogram those vehicles to eliminate the glitch.
This is not Jeep’s first time recalling vehicles over defects that put people’s safety at risk.
The company announced last year that it was recalling approximately 34,000 Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel SUVs. It said an engine defect could cause vehicle fires.
Jeep also recalled another 67,000 Cherokee vehicles because of an all-wheel-drive defect the same year, citing the increased risk of a crash posed by the problem.
How the California Lemon Law Protects Car Owners and Lessors
Car owners and lessors in California have some valuable rights and protections under the state’s lemon law. A California lemon law attorney can help you fight back against being stuck with an unsafe or malfunctioning vehicle.
The lemon law forces carmakers to perform various repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. It also obligates them to buy back vehicles that they cannot or refuse to fix. That includes compensating the owner for the down payment, financing charges and other related expenses.
There is no specific number of repair requests or attempts that must be made before the buyback requirement kicks in. That is one reason why it is vital to seek the advice of an experienced California lemon law attorney.