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Big and small recalls; worldwide Wrangler sales

by David Zatz on

Half a million Jeep Wranglers are being recalled because excess exposure to dust and dirt (e.g. from being driven off-road with the top off) may prevent the airbag from activating. If this happens, the Wrangler will automatically turn on the airbag warning light.

There are no known injuries from this problem, which affects 2007-2010 Wranglers as well as 2011-2016 Wranglers with right-hand drive for special duty within the United States (e.g. postal trucks).

The recall provides a rare insight into worldwide sales. From 2007 to  2010, the company sold 392,464 Jeep Wranglers within the US, along with 62,580 outside North America, 35,412 in Canada, and 8,529 in Mexico.

In addition, over 70,000 Fiat 500s worldwide are being recalled because the clutch travel may wear and result in missed shifts or loss of power. This only affects cars with manual transmissions and the 1.4 liter non-turbocharged gasoline engine.  The recall affects the 2012-16 models years, but Fiat noted that there are no known accidents, and only around 0.01% of the cars sold have been damaged. Customers will be told when they can schedule service, which can help avoid major repair bills later.

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