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Jeep Wrangler Recalled for Air Bags

October 19, 2016

Photo of Jeep Wrangler courtesy of FCA US.
Photo of Jeep Wrangler courtesy of FCA US.

FCA US is recalling 182,743 2016- and 2017-model year Jeep Wrangler SUVs to replace wiring that may — in certain crashes — disconnect from the vehicles’ impact sensors.

If the occupant restraint controller fails to receive a signal from the front impact sensor, both frontal air bags and the seat belt pretensioners will not deploy during a crash, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported.

The recall covers SUVs manufactured from June 16, 2015, to Aug. 14, 2016. The 2017 vehicles are still in company hands, FCA US said.

In a released statement, FCA US said the recall campaign was prompted by a routine, in-house crash test. The automaker added that it’s “unaware of any related injuries, accidents, warranty claims or customer complaints.”

Vehicle owners will be notified when they can schedule service. Dealers will reroute the wiring at no charge.

In addition to the 182,743 vehicles recalled in the U.S., FCA said it’s recalling an estimated 18,011 Jeep Wranglers in Canada and 3,087 in Mexico. Nearly 21,000 will be recalled outside of North America for the same issue.

Vehicle owners can reach the FCA US Customer Care Center at (800) 853-1403.

Chrysler’s number for this recall is S76.

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