Jeep is recalling 392,464 Jeep Wranglers from 2007-2010 due to a problem with their steering wheel airbags.
Problem – Dust and Dirt can build up inside the Wrangler’s steering wheel and compromise the clockspring inside the steering-wheel assembly and prevent the airbag from deploying during a crash.
Fatalities – No deaths or injuries have been reported.
What will the dealer do – The dealer will install new back covers and column shrouds.
If you own an affected Jeep, the manufacturer will contact you directly to arrange service.
The complete recall:
May 18, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – FCA US LLC is voluntarily recalling an estimated 392,464 older-model SUVs in the U.S. to replace their clockspring assemblies and related components.
Located in a vehicle’s steering wheel, a clockspring forms part of the circuit that helps control airbag function. An investigation by FCA US determined excessive exposure to dust and dirt – consistent with extensive off-road driving or driving with a vehicle’s top and/or doors removed – may compromise the clockspring and eventually prevent driver-side airbag deployment in a crash.
If this condition is present, the airbag warning-lamp will be illuminated. If such an event occurs, customers are advised to contact their dealers.
The Company is unaware any potentially related injuries or accidents.
Affected by this campaign are model-year 2007-2010 Jeep Wrangler SUVs. An additional 7,435 model-year 2011-2016 vehicles equipped with right-hand drive for special duty also are affected in the U.S.
Vehicles affected outside the U.S. comprise an estimated 35,412 in Canada; 8,529 in Mexico and 62,580 outside the NAFTA region. Customers will be advised when they may schedule service, which includes installation of a new steering-wheel back cover and a steering-column shroud.
Customers with questions may call the FCA US Customer Care Center at 1-800-853-1403.