The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is looking into a potential defect with the airbag system on 2007 and 2008 model year Jeep Wranglers. Some 222,000 vehicles are affected by the investigation.
The NHTSA has received 29 consumer complaints of airbag light illumination and/or clockspring mechanism failure on 2007 and 2008 Jeep Wranglers. Twenty three of the consumer complaints identify the airbag clockspring wiring assembly as the cause of the airbag light, while the remaining six simply mention that the airbag light was illuminated. The majority of the complaints, 16 out of 29, have been received since January 1 of 2011.
No accidents or injuries relating to this condition have been reported to date, but any airbag system malfunction should be inspected by a dealership as soon as possible. A loose or broken electrical circuit in the airbag wiring assembly could prohibit airbag deployment in the event of a crash.
At present, this is simply an investigation into a potential defect and not a recall. Chrysler is working with the NHTSA to determine if the incidents are isolated, or if a recall of the Jeep Wrangler is warranted.