We’ll soon have an all-new Jeep Wrangler in our hands, but before it arrives, its manufacturer has found a serious problem with the existing model.
FCA discovered that the wiring in certain Wranglers may detach from the front impact sensor before it can signal the Occupant Restraint Controller. According to the recall notice, that means that the airbags and seatbelt pretensioners may not deploy in the event of a crash.
That’s a pretty serious problem, so the automaker is calling in 182,308 Wranglers across the United States – specifically those from the 2016 and 2017 model years, and manufactured between June 16, 2015, and August 14, 2016.
Jeep sold just over 200,000 Wranglers in the US last year, which tells you that this recall – that spans a little over a year of production output – likely involves every single Wrangler made in the specified time period.
FCA has yet to figure out exactly how to fix the problem, but once it does, owners can expect to hear from the manufacturer to arrange service.