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Jeep Wrangler Recall 13V176000

The Driver's Front Air Bag may not Deploy as Expected

Body, Interior & Misc., May 7, 2013

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Our Quick Take:

2008 - 2012 Wrangler models equipped with right hand drive may have a condition where the driver's front airbag may not deploy as expected and/or the airbag warning light may illuminate.

What Should You Do?

Chrysler will begin notifying owners of affected vehicles during May 2013. If your airbag warning light remains illuminated, or you don't receive notification and you feel you should have please contact your dealer. They may ask for your vehicle identification number (VIN), so please have it handy when you call. The Chrysler recall number is M31.

Summary:

The clockspring is a coil of wire located behind the steering wheel, it allows the steering wheel to turn and still maintain the electrical connection between the steering column and the rotating steering wheel. Certain right hand drive models are being recalled because the circuit inside the clockspring could break. This could result in illumination of the airbag warning light and/or no-deployment of the driver's front airbag in the event of a crash. Dealers will replace the clockspring and add a steering wheel dust shield to correct this concern.

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s): 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

Manufacturer's Report Date: May 7, 2013

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V176000

NHTSA Action Number: PE11019

Component: AIR BAGS

Potential Number of Units Affected: 5,440

Summary: Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2008-2012 Jeep Wrangler right-hand drive vehicles manufactured February 1, 2007, through October 10, 2011. The affected vehicles have airbag clockspring assemblies that could experience broken airbag circuits.

Consequence: In the event of a crash necessitating airbag deployment, a broken electrical circuit in the airbag clockspring wiring assembly can lead to non-deployment of the driver-side frontal airbag and will not be able to properly protect the driver, increasing the risk of injuries.

Remedy: Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the clockspring and add a steering wheel dust shield, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753. This recall supercedes NHTSA recall 11V-528. Chrysler's recall campaign number is M31.

Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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