Jeep has issued a recall for its ‘JK’ Wrangler off-roaders built between 2007 and 2016, over concerns that dust entering the vehicle’s clock spring could cause airbag failure.
The manufacturer reports that the clock spring in the steering wheel could collect large amounts of dust if the vehicle is subjected to extremely dusty environments.
A clock spring is the circular device built-in to the steering wheel, which connects to electrical systems connected to the wheel including the airbag, horn and cruise controls.
Jeep says the excess dust inside the clock spring could compromise the airbag’s circuits, which may see the airbag warning light illuminate, or potentially cause the airbag to not deploy in the event of an accident.
This poses a significant risk of injury should a faulty vehicle be involved in a collision.
Owners of the affected Wranglers will be contacted by Jeep’s parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), and will be instructed to present their vehicle to their local Jeep dealership where the repairs will take place.