NHTSA investigating Jeep Wrangler for airbag risks
This new investigation includes roughly 222,500 Jeep Wrangler SUVs from the 2007 and 2008 model years and this investigation was opened after the NHTSA received 29 complaints from owners around the country. In these Jeeps, owners have reported that the airbag system check light came on, which indicates that there was a clockspring failure. A clockspring failure typically causes the airbag light to illuminate and in the worst case scenario, the driver’s side airbag could fail to open in an accident.
The problem is that in the 29 official complaints where owners of 2007 and 2008 Jeep Wranglers had the airbag warning light come on; only 23 of them actually had a clockspring failure. This means that the warning system in the vehicle is potentially flawed and if the system is reading that there is a problem when there actually is not – there could be potential for the warning system not to active when there is a failure in the airbag system.