Fiat Chrysler to recall atleast 500,000 Wranglers due to airbag issue

May 19, 2016 12:10 PM EDT | Robert Garcia


On Wednesday, Fiat Chrysler automobiles issued a statement that they're recalling half a million units of the Jeep Wrangler SUVs due to an airbag malfunction. The company discussed that this might be due to faulty components in the steering wheel.

According to Reuters, Fiat Chrysler revealed in a statement on their website that they're not aware of any incident with regards to the issue of its off-road vehicle. However, they've said that the issue is due to a clockspring located in the steering wheel that is part of the circuit which wouldn't employ driver-side air bags when crash occur. The Wrangler is known to be marketed as a categorical off-road vehicle which is prone to dangerous situations. The company just said that the clockspring issue can been noted when the airbag warning lamp lights up and must contact dealers for safety.

Detroit News wrote that 498, 985 Jeep Wrangler units that have been deployed from 2007-2010 models are affected by the recall made by Fiat Chrysler wherein 392,464 are within United States. Further, 2011-2016 models of atleast 7,435 units are also included. The recall is to ensure safety since the company will handle the replacement of clockspring assembles and install a new steering wheel back covers and steering-column shrouds.

Other than US, the company is looking for 35,412 units in Canada, 8,529 in Mexico and 62,580 outside of North America.

Meanwhile, the Fiat Chrysler has been recalling too the Fiat 500 cars within 2012 - 2016 models due to the possible clutch defect in the manual transmission cars. An upgrade is waiting for those cars within the years and on manual transmission since the company has distinguished that owners might experience clutch travel. The company fears that if not upgraded, they will cause component damage which would restrict gear shifts and propulsion.

However, Fiat Chrysler disclosed that they are still unaware of any accidents involving the Jeep Wranglers and Fiat 500 subcompact cars because of the faulty components.        

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