NHTSA investigating 250,000 Jeep Wranglers over airbag issues

2007 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a preliminary investigation into more than 220,000 units of the Jeep Wrangler due to concerns over the airbag not inflating. The investigation, which covers 222,500 2007-2008 Jeep Wranglers, also include some that were previously used by the U.S. Postal Service.

NHTSA said that it received 29 consumer complaints, most of which were for clockspring failure. The agency will investigate to determine whether a recall should be ordered.

Vince Muniga, a Chrysler spokesman, said that the company is “cooperating fully” with NHTSA and that it is unaware of any crashes or injuries.

Most of the 29 complaints (16 to be exact) were received in 2011. NHTSA said a broken electrical circuit in the airbag clockspring wiring assembly can lead to non-deployment of the driver side frontal airbag.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Detroit News