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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,624 miles

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2008 Jeep Wrangler seat belts / air bags problems

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2008 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments (Page 13 of 14)

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problem #30

Jul 082012

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 33,117 miles


Driving on mountain road at approx. 25 mph when the airbag caution light came on. Comes on and off approx. Every 15 to 30 seconds no matter what speed the vehicle is traveling.

- Pollock Pines, CA, USA

problem #29

Jul 052012

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
On the 2008 Jeep Wrangler (lhd) dashboard, the airbag warning light flashes on with a chime. This has been a recurring issue and concern for many 2008 Jeep Wrangler (lhd) owners, including myself, and has been shown time and time again to be caused by a faulty clockspring within the vehicle's steering wheel. This faulty clockspring could cause airbag failure in the 2008 Jeep Wrangler (lhd) during an accident or premature deployment without warning. Daimler Chrysler has refused to address the safety concern of their faulty clockspring that can cause failure of the vehicle's airbags from properly deploying.

- Cave Creek, AZ, USA

problem #28

Apr 122012

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 39,910 miles
Malfunction with the airbag light, light remains on. Also cruise control not working.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #27

Apr 102012

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 40,023 miles


Airbag light turns on and off at all speeds as well as chimes. Checked all seat harness connections and no problems.

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #26

Nov 012011

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 36,000 miles
Airbag warning light in instrument panel consistently goes off during irregular speed, steering wheel operation, and temperature. There is no pattern that correlates with the timing of the airbag warning light. When it first started, it would only come during at brief moments and turn off again. Now, April, it turns off after vehicle start (like normal operation), comes back on immediately, and only briefly does it turn off at random times. The majority of the time the warning light fluctuates is during steering wheel turning. Turning to one particular side does not alter the light more than the other. Sometimes hard bumps in the road or off-road scenarios will change the light too. Knowing very well this could be the clockspring, no other lights or functions involved with this device confirm this is the problem. The horn works at all turning angles, esp and ABS all function normally. There are also no dtc codes from the computer. All visible electrical plugs in the cabin and behind dash have been unplugged, cleaned from debris and reconnected. I find the current recall for only the 2007S and right hand drive 2008S very frustrating! the assumption that only rhds will have their windows down more on dirt roads might be factual; however, there are numerous of 2008 Jeep Wrangler owners that use their vehicle for work, or off-road scenarios that will easily bypass the RHD assumption. This is a very scary problem to have. I do no feel safe that any accident I have the airbags will deploy properly. The faith of my vehicle saving my life is completely lost.

- Mckinney, TX, USA

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problem #25

Mar 012012

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
I was turning out of my driveway and heard a snap in the steering wheel. Air bag light came on and the horn no longer worked. The next day I heard another little snap and the cruise control stopped working. When turning the steering wheel I can hear things scraping inside it. I have been informed that the clockspring is broken.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #24

Mar 052012

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 37,211 miles


Airbag warning light just started sounding randomly not due to any adverse driving condition or extreme maneuvering. Took it to dealer charged $75 for them to tell me it would cost another $450 and that the airbags may or may not deploy.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #23

Jan 242012

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
Airbag light stays lit constantly. Horn does not work. Esp\bas light on dash stays lit constantly. Dealer diagnosed the issue as a faulty clockspring.

- Las Cruces, NM, USA

problem #22

Sep 152011

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Air bag light comes on intermittently, esp bas light comes on intermittently. Depends on wheel orientation. I am suspecting clockspring is at fault.

- Fultondale, AL, USA

problem #21

Jan 312012

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 69,723 miles
Airbag warning light illuminates intermittently. Over several days it has progressed to near constant. The light will illuminate along with a chime each time the steering wheel has been turned. I have not had the opportunity to take it in for service yet.

- Milford, MI, USA

problem #20

Oct 052011


  • 52,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that the air bag warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the air bag module was defective and need to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 52,000 and current mileage was 55,000.

- Hopewell , VA, USA

problem #19

Jul 132011

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
The warranty has been extended to 150,000 miles on the 2007 Wrangler, but not on the 2008 Wrangler. They are the same part number, why was Chrysler not forced to extend the warranty on 2008's? the cockspring failure causes the airbag to not deploy.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #18

Sep 132010

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 39,693 miles
The air bag clockspring in my 2008 RHD Jeep Wrangler has failed and been replaced twice at my expense. The first was 09/13/10 @ 39693 miles and again 12/15/11 @ 69120 miles. I found on your site that there was a recall in progress, L37 for 2008 - 2012 RHD Jeep Wrangler. I called Chrysler and was told my VIN was not covered under this recall. My concern is: How many other RHD Jeep Wrangler are there out there that have or may experience the same problem but are not included in the recall? it appears obvious that the recall should be expanded. I have receipts for these repairs if needed and feel free to contact me for more info.

- Westport, NY, USA

problem #17

Dec 022011


  • 40,000 miles
Due to clock spring failure the light for the air bag comes on intermittently mostly when vehicle is turning or going over a bumpy surface.

- Twin Falls, ID, USA

problem #16

Nov 072011


  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Wrangler. While driving approximately 20 mph, the brake light illuminated on the instrument panel and the brake pedal dropped to the floorboard abnormally. The contact stopped the vehicle on the shoulder of the road and added brake fluid to the braking system. In addition, the air bag waning light was illuminated. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer where the technician stated there was a hole in the brake tube due to the steering shaft rubbing against the tube. The brake line would have to be replaced and the clock spring for the air bags was fractured and would also need replacing. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id numbers: 08V202000 (service brakes, hydraulic:foundation components:hoses, lines/piping, and fittings) and 11V528000 (air bags:frontal) but was advised by the manufacturer that the VIN was not included in either recall. The brake line was repaired but the clock spring was not. The approximate failure mileage was 56,000.

- Town Creek, AL, USA

problem #15

Aug 152011


  • 48,800 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that the airbag warning light would illuminate on the instrument panel. The dealer was contacted and suggested the contact make an appointment to inspect the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and told the contact to take the vehicle to the dealer for inspection. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 48,800 and the current mileage was 50,000.

- Lacombe, LA, USA

problem #14

Oct 012010

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
When turning steering wheel, airbag light comes on. Dealer identified problem as a clockspring issue.

- Pleasant Prairie, WI, USA

problem #13

Oct 102011


  • 64,300 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Wrangler. While driving approximately 55 mph the air bag light illuminated on the instrument panel. The air bag warning chime notified the contact there was a failure with the air bag. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician stated the seat had to be recalibrated or replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 64,300.

- Manchaca, TX, USA

problem #12

Sep 012011


  • 41,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that the air bag warning light would illuminate on the instrument panel. The dealer denied any assistance with repairs to the vehicle. The manufacturer was not contacted and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 41,000 and the current mileage was 41,500.

- Winter Haven, FL, USA

problem #11

Sep 112011


  • 34,477 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Wrangler. The contact was driving 15 mph when the air bag warning light illuminated, indicating a malfunction with the driver side air bag. In addition, the clock spring was also defective and needed to be replaced. The contact did not take the vehicle to a dealer or local mechanic for diagnosis or repairs. The failure mileage was 34,477.

- Auburndale, FL, USA

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