The US off-road specialist has found a serious issue with its current Jeep Wrangler – which is, as we all know, eagerly awaiting an all-new generation to arrive next year.
According to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ brand, the wiring in certain Wranglers may detach from the front impact sensor ahead of sending the signal to the Occupant Restraint Controller – and as per the recall notice, that may cause non deployment of the airbags and seatbelt pretensioners in the event of an accident. The automaker has decided to announce a safety campaign for 182,308 Wranglers across the United States, from the 2016 and 2017 model years, and manufactured between June 16, 2015, and August 14, 2016.
Jeep has actually delivered a little more than 200,000 Wrangler units in the United States last year, so the actual timeline signals the recall to be spanning virtually the entire production of the Wrangler in the specified time period. And as it turns out, FCA has not yet found a solution to the problem, so the affected owners will have to wait a little longer before being called into service for the remedy. Meanwhile, we do know the new, 2018 Wrangler is coming and has just about the same iconic design traits as before – so we don’t need to worry anymore about it being sacrificed on the altar of commercialization.