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Chrysler recalls RHD Wranglers

by Bill Cawthon on

Chrysler is recalling approximately 5,334 right-hand-drive Jeep Wrangler vehicles to replace the airbag clockspring assembly that could turn on the airbag lamp, which indicates the airbag may not deploy in the event of a crash.

The voluntary safety recall is limited to right-hand-drive 2008-2012 Model Year Jeep Wrangler vehicles sold in the U.S. Market.

“The vast majority of these right-hand-drive vehicles are used primarily for rural postal routes,” said David Dillon, Head of Product Investigations and Campaigns for Chrysler Group. “Following field investigations by our engineers, it was determined that the condition is being caused by the dirt, dust, rain, etc., that the interior is exposed to when letter carriers lower their windows frequently.”

Chrysler reports that there have been no accidents or injuries related to this condition.

Chrysler will send letters to customers in November informing them of the potential condition, that a permanent remedy is not yet available and that in the interim, if they experience an airbag illumination, they should bring their vehicle to a Chrysler-authorized dealer for a free inspection and replacement of the clockspring as required.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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