Fiat Chrysler recalls 224K Jeeps; air bags may not work
The 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited © FCA
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, October 19, 2016 8:54AM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, October 19, 2016 10:00AM EDT
DETROIT -- Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 224,000 Jeep Wrangler SUVs worldwide because the air bags may not inflate in a crash.
The recall covers certain 2016 and 2017 Wranglers. The company says in government documents that wiring to a sensor can come loose, cutting off signals to an air bag computer. If that happens, the seat belt pretensioners won't work and the air bags won't deploy.
The company says no one has been hurt because the air bags didn't inflate and no customers have complained. The problem was discovered during company crash tests. Fiat Chrysler found that during a crash, the left headlight would rotate, pulling the wiring loose.
Repairs to fix the problem aren't ready yet, but Fiat Chrysler says it's imminent and owners will be notified when to set up a service appointment. Dealers will reroute the wiring at no cost to owners.
Fiat Chrysler says none of the 2017 models have been sold yet.
Owners can contact FCA at (800) 853-1403.