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Feds Increase Scrutiny on Jeep Wrangler Wiring Issue


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has begun an engineering analysis on 630,000 Jeep Wranglers over a wiring issue that can cause the airbags to fail.

Wranglers from the 2007 to 2012 model year have been under investigation since June, and now the agency is opening an engineering analysis, the next step in the process. The problem stems from the clockspring wiring in the driver-side air bag circuit which can fail, leading to the airbag not deploying.

Roughly 10,000 right-hand drive Wranglers have already been recalled over this issue, spanning from the 2008 to 2012 model year. Extended warranty coverage was also issued for right-hand drive models from 2007.

About 1,703 consumer complaints and about 500 NHTSA complaints have been logged over the issue. Six of the reports allege than the air-bag warning light, which is supposed to alert the driver of improperly functioning airbags, turned on after a collision.

FCA says it has covered nearly 17,000 warranty claims over these issues, though some of them involved clockspring wiring failure that only affected the cruise control or radio, not the airbags.

The engineering analysis may result in a recall if one is deemed necessary.
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