A number of right-hand drive Jeep Wranglers used by mail services in rural America are being recalled.
The Wranglers in question, which leave the factory in right-hand drive configuration, probably aren’t very familiar to city dwellers across the United States but are important for those who live in more rural areas to ensure they receive their mail and parcels.
A notice filed to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles reveals that the driver’s seat belt buckle of their Wranglers can separate from the frame and eventually brake. If this were to happen, the driver may be at an increased risk of injury in a crash. Jeep built these right-hand drive models from 2011 through to the 2018 model year.
FCA says it will notify owners of the issue with dealerships replacing the driver’s seat belt buckle free of charge.
The recall is expected to begin on November 15, 2019 and all up, a total of 11,456 Jeep Wrangler mail carriers need their driver’s seat belt buckle replaced.
This isn’t the only issue to land the Jeep Wrangler in hot water in recent weeks. In late September it was revealed that the NHTSA is investigating thousands of 2018MY and 2019MY vehicles to see if early JL-generation models have bad frame welds. The probe was kicked off by the Office of Defects Investigation in October 2018 after a Wrangler owner complained about a frame that had been improperly welded at the factory.