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Fiat Chrysler Recalls 500,000 Jeeps Over Airbag Malfunction

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Deirnesa Jefferson10 months ago

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling about 500,000 2007-2010 Jeep Wranglers because the driver's side airbag may not deploy during a crash

About the Recall 

Investigations from the National Highway Traffic Administration led to the recall of 392,000 2007-2010 Jeep Wranglers in the United States. Federal investigation began last June after the National Highway Traffic Administration received almost 500 complaints from owners.

In addition to the vehicles in the United States, the action covers about 35,000 in Canada, 8,500 in Mexico and almost 63,000 outside of North America.

About the Malfunction 

The automaker said the problem stemmed from the clock spring, the  part of the system that activates the airbag, being contaminated with dust or dirt.

Since the Wrangler is designed for off road  driving some drivers might drive with the vehicle's top and or doors removed or do extensive off road driving. During this kind of driving dust or dirt can enter the system and contaminate the clock spring.

The automaker said it was not aware of any incidents or injuries related to the problem. However an  investigation last year by federal regulators discovered four injuries.  Chrysler spokesman Eric Mayne said  those injuries were unrelated to the clock spring failures. 

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