Fiat Chrysler is recalling 182,300 Jeep Wranglers manufactured this summer because a crash sensor can malfunction and fail to communicate to the air bags and seat belts that a crash is occurring. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released information saying that FCA US LLC is recalling model year 2016 to 2017 Wranglers made from mid-June to mid-August of this year. The sport utility vehicles’ impact sensor wiring is placed in such a way that if a headlight rotates during a crash, it could detach the sensor before the sensor is able to signal that a crash is happening. That in turn could prevent the air bags and seat belt pretensioners from activating, according to a NHTSA safety recall report.
FCA US says it is unaware of any related injuries, accidents, warranty claims or customer complaints. The automaker learned of the issue while conducting a test on July 8, according to NHTSA documents. An investigation initiated on Aug. 10 revealed that the location of the sensor wiring had been changed at the start of model year 2016 production “to better facilitate the vehicle assembly process.” FCA changed the wiring location back to where it had been in model year 2015, according to the documents. That change was made on Aug. 14. “The remedy for this recall is still under development. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service,” NHTSA documents said.
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