Vehicles Affected: Approximately 392,400 model-year 2007-10 Jeep Wrangler SUVs, plus an additional 7,400 model-year 2011-16 vehicles equipped with right-hand drive for special duty.
The Problem: Debris may contaminate the airbag clock spring, a spiral-wound flat cable that keeps the driver’s airbag powered while the steering wheel is being turned; contamination may tear the cable, preventing the airbag from deploying in a crash. The airbag warning light will illuminate if this happens. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this problem.
In a statement, FCA said this condition could be caused by “excessive exposure to dust and dirt – consistent with extensive off-road driving or driving with a vehicle’s top and/or doors removed.”
The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the affected parts for free.
What Owners Should Do: FCA has not yet announced an owner notification schedule but said it will advise customers on when they may schedule service, which includes installation of a new steering-wheel back cover and a steering-column shroud. Owners can call the automaker at 800-853-1403 for more info.
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