FCA recalls nearly 393,000 Jeep Wranglers over airbag defect

FCA recalls nearly 393,000 Jeep Wranglers over airbag defect image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Jeep | posted May 19, 2016 11:47

FCA to replace faulty clockspring assembly which may fail to activate the airbags

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has issued a voluntary recall of certain models of the Jeep Wrangler produced from 2007 – 2010. According to the automaker, they will have to replace the clockspring assembly in the steering wheel which helps control the airbag function.

An investigation conducted by FCA revealed that excessive exposure of the clockspring assembly to dirt or dust (due to off-roading) can result in failure of the airbag's deployment during a crash. Driving with the roof and doors off increases the risk of the component failing to do its purpose added FCA.

In an event that the clockspring does fail, the airbag warning lamp will light up.

FCA estimated that 392,464 Wrangler models are affected by this. In Canada, about 35,412 units will have to be recalled. Mexico, on the other hand, have 8,528 Wranglers that need to be mended. Outside the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), 62,580 Wranglers will have to have their clockspring assemblies replaced.

Beyond that, FCA will also be recalling an additional 7,435 right-hand drive Wranglers that were produced from 2011-2016.

Owners will be notified when can they schedule their vehicles to get the necessary fix, which involves installing a new steering wheel back cover and a steering column shroud.

So far, FCA said that there have been no reports of fatalities or injuries yet caused by the faulty clockspring assembly.