Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has announced it is voluntarily recalling 392,464 Jeep Wrangler SUVs in the U.S. from the 2007 – 2010 model years. For people who take their Wrangler off-road, or drive with the top down, excessive dirt and dust can accumulate inside the steering wheel and compromise a clockspring located within. Said clockspring forms part of a circuit that helps control the steering wheel airbag function. The problem could possibly prevent the steering wheel airbag from deploying in the event of a crash.
An airbag warning lamp will indicate if the problem is present. If owners see this, they are advised to contact their dealer. So far, FCA is not aware of any injuries from the issue. 7,435 special duty right-hand drive Wranglers from model years 2011 – 2016 are also affected in the U.S.
2012 – 2016 model year Fiat 500 cars are also being voluntarily recalled to receive an upgrade to their clutch release system. 39,217 vehicles in the U.S. with manual transmissions may experience component damage over time due to clutch travel that may exceed design parameters. According to FCA, the potential problem has been found in 0.01% of the included cars. The company is also not aware of any injuries related to the issue. Customers will be advised when they may schedule the upgrade with their dealer and they are urged to follow the instructions on the recall notices.