Older Jeep Wranglers Recalled Over Airbag Issue – Car Business looking out for Australian Car Owners

Overnight, my colleagues in the USA,www.autoguide.com released information on a recall effecting 2007-2016 Jeep Wrangler. Nearly 400,000 vehicles are involved.

Which leads nicely onto what your responsibility is dear reader, in relation to recalls and in-service upgrades. When a recall is issued, the manufacturer (in this case Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) are required to write to their owners advising of the issue and asking the owner to take their vehicle to a dealer for the remedial work to be done.

One of the problems with this is that after 3 or 4 years arguably the subject vehicle has been traded or sold and the new owner hasn’t taken the time to update the owner information with the manufacturer, hence publicity like this or advertising my the manufacturer in the mass media – suggest that you take the time to advise your manufacturer if you fall into this group.

Our advice to you is to visit https://www.recalls.gov.au . This is the Australian Government website where all product recalls are posted – whether cars or food processors – and it’s relatively easy to see if the car you’re driving is part of any recall. Looking at the site this morning, it seems that Fiat Chrysler are certainly winners in the number of different models currently under recall status.

So follows the story from Autoguide about the Wrangler recall. Just remember that it may take weeks or months for this recall to roll out in Australia, so don’t go haranguing your local Jeep dealer just yet.

The 2007-2010 Jeep Wrangler is being recalled to address a possible issue with airbag deployment.

A total 392,464 units are impacted by the recall, which focuses on an issue with the clock spring wiring connector in the steering column.

According to the recall notice, excessive exposure to dust and dirt can cause premature wear of the clock spring, potentially preventing the driver-side airbag from deploying. Customers are being warned that the clock spring may not be functioning properly if the airbag warning light stays illuminated. Those that have an illuminated airbag warning light are being advised to contact their local dealership as soon as possible.

The recall will also impact special-service right-hand-drive JK Wrangler models from the 2011-2016 model years. In addition to the vehicles affected in the U.S., there are another 35,412 affected units in Canada, 8,529 in Mexico and 62,580 elsewhere in the world.

To fix the issue, Jeep will install a new steering wheel back cover and steering column shroud, as well as a new clock spring if necessary.

Source: www.autoguide.com

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