The Basics: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling 182,743 Jeep Wranglers in the U.S. over a non-Takata airbag issue. Potentially faulty wiring may render the airbags useless in a crash. The action covers certain 2016-17 Jeep Wranglers built between June 16, 2015, and August 14, 2016. FCA notes the 2017 Wranglers are all in company hands.
The Issue: FCA says it discovered the problem during in-house testing, and says there are no reports of any issues or injuries in the field. You can read the FCA statement here.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents describe that under certain crash conditions, rotation of the headlamp can cause the sensor wiring to pull and detach from the front impact sensor before a signal is recorded by the occupant restraint controller. If that were to happen, both frontal airbags and the seat belt pretensioners would not deploy in the event of a crash.
The Fix: FCA will begin notifying owners around Nov. 25. Dealerships will reroute the wiring free of charge.