Jeep Wrangler Recall Issued Due to Airbag Failure Risk

Fiat Chrysler will recall nearly 500,000 Jeep Wrangler vehicles, due to problems with the driver-side airbags, which may to fail to deploy in an auto accident and increase the risk of serious injury or death. 

The Jeep Wrangler airbag recall was announced by the auto maker on May 18, due to a risk that excessive dust and dirt may accumulate behind the steering wheel, causing a disruption in the airbag control system. This may cause the airbags to fail, although the manufacturer indicates that it has not yet received any reports of injuries due to the airbag problems.

The recalled Jeep Wrangler’s driver’s side airbags are located behind the steering wheel, and have a clockspring forming part of the circuit that helps control the airbag function. FCA’s investigation has revealed that an excessive amount of dust and dirt from extensive off-road driving may allow the debris to enter the clockspring and prevent the airbag from deploying.

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An accumulation of debris that may disable the airbag will activate an airbag warning light on the dashboard display.

These vehicles are more susceptible to excessive exposure to dirt and dust due to their off-road driving capability with the vehicle’s top and/or doors removed.

The recall includes an estimated 500,000 Jeep Wrangler vehicles sold worldwide, with 392,464 sold in the United States, 35,412 sold in Canada, 8,529 in Mexico, and 62,580 distributed for sale outside of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The recall affects model years 2007 through 2010 Jeep Wranglers and an estimated 7,400 2011 through 2016 Wranglers with right-hand drive that were mostly sold for mail delivery use.

The recall stems from an investigation opened last year by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) which identified nearly 500 customer complaints indicating their Jeep Wrangler vehicle displayed the airbag warning light on the dash for unknown reasons. An official inquiry from the NHTSA prompted FCA to initiate an investigation resulting in the recall.

FCA is currently organizing a notification process that will inform owners on how to schedule a free repair appointment. Dealers will install a new steering wheel back cover and a steering column shroud to prevent dust and dirt accumulation behind the wheel. Customers with questions may contact FCA U.S. Customer Care Center at 1-800-853-1403 for further questions.

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9 Comments

  • JeffJuly 1, 2021 at 3:34 am

    I T-boned a car that ran a stop sign 6 weeks ago today. Cartwheeled once and rolled 3 more times coming to a stop on the cruised factory cage. No bags were deployed and the crash left me with a broken back

  • AngelaSeptember 17, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    Airbag did not deploy while my daughter was driving my jeep and she died instantly. Had the airbag deployed she could have very well lived. A police officer at the scene was adamant on how the bag did NOT deploy

  • BrettAugust 27, 2020 at 6:57 pm

    Dealership says my driver's side air bag is not included in the recall.

  • LoreneFebruary 18, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    I had my 2009 jeep wrangler airbags "fixed" by an authorized dealer the week before I had a freeway accident where cars in front of me slammed on brakes for unknown reasons and I rear ended them. I was not seriously injured thankfully but it was concerning to me and to the police on site why my airbags did not deploy due to the magnitude of the accident. I am not sure who to report this to that t[Show More]I had my 2009 jeep wrangler airbags "fixed" by an authorized dealer the week before I had a freeway accident where cars in front of me slammed on brakes for unknown reasons and I rear ended them. I was not seriously injured thankfully but it was concerning to me and to the police on site why my airbags did not deploy due to the magnitude of the accident. I am not sure who to report this to that their recall fixes are not working.

  • WilliamJanuary 22, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    I was in accident yesterday while driving my 2012 Jeep Wrangler. Someone pulled out in the intersection on me I hit them head on going about 40mph, & airbags didn’t deploy. I didn’t suffer any serious injuries thankfully. I’m upset that they didn’t deploy, because it could’ve been much worse than it was. One of the guys I worked with had the same exact thing happened to him. Airbags didn’t deploy,[Show More]I was in accident yesterday while driving my 2012 Jeep Wrangler. Someone pulled out in the intersection on me I hit them head on going about 40mph, & airbags didn’t deploy. I didn’t suffer any serious injuries thankfully. I’m upset that they didn’t deploy, because it could’ve been much worse than it was. One of the guys I worked with had the same exact thing happened to him. Airbags didn’t deploy, and he smacked his head on the windshield. He had the same year and same model I did.

  • jossieSeptember 19, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    Airbag did not deploy during head on collision & I suffered injuries as well. My boys were in the jeep wrangler 2015 they didn't suffer physical injuries but mentally they are scared to travel.. I'm scared to drive but im forced due to my boys have to go to school... my faces has laceration im glad im alive and the boys but my face... What i don't understand is why jeep wrangler didn't take the ti[Show More]Airbag did not deploy during head on collision & I suffered injuries as well. My boys were in the jeep wrangler 2015 they didn't suffer physical injuries but mentally they are scared to travel.. I'm scared to drive but im forced due to my boys have to go to school... my faces has laceration im glad im alive and the boys but my face... What i don't understand is why jeep wrangler didn't take the time to notifice us threw email ,cell or even dealers?

  • JoshipherMay 15, 2018 at 7:17 am

    Airbag did not deploy during head on collision & I suffered injuries!

  • StacyMay 15, 2017 at 5:01 am

    This happened to me recently

  • OmarJanuary 5, 2017 at 1:30 am

    Air bag did not deploy on my jeep wrangler an i was injured because of it.

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