In a Jeep recall that originated back in 2011, Chrysler’s famed SUV division has devised a solution to the unsolved problem. As odd is it may sound, announcing a recall, then coming up with the solution later is not that uncommon. Toyota had announced a recall for their RAV4 compact crossover last summer, and has yet to be able to come up with a viable solution. No word yet (as of this writing) if they have made any significant progress in the matter.
In any event, the recall affected the 2008 – 2012 Jeep Wrangler with right-hand drive, a feature that was unique to American buyers (versus other vehicles sold here with left-hand drive). The 5,440 SUVs have an apparent design flaw in the airbag clockspring wiring assembly, which could allow dirt to get inside of it. This could, over time, cause the driver’s air bag to not deploy in the event of an accident. It could also cause the airbag light to illuminate.
Chrysler has stated that the majority of the vehicles affected were sold and used as postal delivery units…the wiring assembly would be exposed to the elements, due to postmasters frequently lowering the windows to deliver the mail. They haven’t stated if there was an separate investigation into the left-hand drive models, or if there were any complaints for that particular version.
In the latest Jeep recall, the affected owners (in addition to the Post Office) will have to take their vehicles back to the dealership, in order to have a dust shield installed at no cost. To find out if your vehicle is affected, you can contact your local Jeep dealership. The recall is expected to start right away.
News Source: LeftLane News