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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,595 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2009 Jeep Wrangler electrical problems

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2009 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments

problem #15

Jul 142016


  • 82,000 miles


The contact owned a 2009 Jeep Wrangler. While driving 55 mph, there was an odor of burning rubber or plastic inside the vehicle. The contact coasted the vehicle over to the side of the road and noticed smoke and flames inside the vehicle. The fire department extinguished the fire and a report was not filed. The contact was able to exit the vehicle without injuries. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to a storage lot. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 82,000.

- Wichita Falls, TX, USA

problem #14

Jun 242016


  • 62,224 miles
Violent shaking of the steering wheel when the Jeep goes over a bump in the road. This is a regular occurrence. The last incident, the hazard lights on the dash panel came on and have not been able to turn off since then. Happens mostly on the highway or when the vehicle is traveling at 45-55 mph.

- Frederiksted, VI, USA

problem #13

May 072016


  • 115,000 miles
My Jeep went on fire do to a bad or fulty fuse box. Reports say its a bad module in the fuse box.and it will get hot enough to start a fire. And was sitting in my drive way for 2 days.

- East Islip, NY, USA

problem #12

Jan 022016


  • miles


The vehicle would not turn on I would have to continuously turn the ignition and finally it will turn on. The vehicle has recently began stalling and turning off when I would be sitting at a traffic light and vibrating very scarely. The check engine light came on so I took it to my machanic who stated it needed to have a tuneup because it was misfiring on five cylinders instead of six cylinders. The was done but five days later the problem returned and this time the taillight on the right side of the vehicle alone with the right side signal light were both out. I then took the vehicle to Jeep who charged me $140 just to tell me that it would cost me another $870 to replace the tipm. I don't understand how this could be happening on a vehicle with 72,000 miles if it was not defected to begin with. Barbara king

- Ossining, NY, USA

problem #11

Mar 172010


  • miles
As with hundreds of other left hand steer Jeep owners, our airbag light is on, horn does not work, and cruise control is inoperative. NHTSA and Jeep have deemed it okay to repair these problems on the right hand steer which is a very small percent of all Jeep. Get on it, start the recall, it is unsafe, and why should we have to pay the price when Jeep/Dodge/Chrysler know this is an issue. I have been trying to get this fixed and talking to other 2009 owners since March of 2010. Let's go.

- Bonaparte, IA, USA

problem #10

Sep 142015


  • 170,000 miles
While working my mail route, only about 20 miles in, my right hand drive Wrangler started to smoke. I assumed because the vehicle never turned off when it began to smoke it was something small causing the issue. I was driving 15 mph when this occurred. I pulled over, shut off my vehicle and opened the hood. There was a fire on the passanger side of my vehicle under and behind my battery, rolling under the vehicle moving very quickly. I immediately closed the hood, got my belonging out of my vehicle and watched as it blew up, and I called 911. My vehicle is totaled. I am now learning that this is becoming a common occurance with Jeep! why are there no public warnings!! where are the recalls!!!!!!!! I and others could have been hurt or killed!!!!

- Cadillac, MI, USA

problem #9

Nov 072014

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 49,851 miles


There is a known issue with the Jeep Wrangler clock spring in 2007+ models. Currently a recall has been issued for 2007 and 2008 left hand drive models, and 2007-2012 right hand drive models. A recall should be made for all model years and configurations as this issue can lead to the airbags not deploying in the event of a crash. The current recall is as follows: Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2008-2012 right hand drive (RHD) Jeep Wrangler vehicles manufactured from February 1, 2007, through October 10, 2011. Some vehicles may be equipped with driver's airbag clockspring assemblies that could experience a compromised airbag circuit resulting in an airbag lamp illumination, which indicates that the airbag may not deploy. Consequence: A broken electrical circuit in the airbag clockspring wiring assembly can lead to non-deployment of the driver frontal airbag and will not be able to properly protect the driver in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injuries. Remedy: Chrysler will notify owners and remedy the vehicles as necessary free of charge. Chrysler will mail to owners an interim notification during March 2012. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. Notes: Chrysler's recall number is L37. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #8

Mar 032014


  • miles
Air bag warning light stays on, make a turn it goes out then comes back on and chimes in less than 60 seconds.

- Highland Village, TX, USA

problem #7

Mar 202014

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 41,500 miles
Was driving with low speed when I heard the car alarm and heavy smoke started to show from under the hood. I had no full coverage on the truck so I had to take chance to open the hood and remove the battery cable before the whole car goes on fire. Was lucky this is didn't happen while I am driving on the freeway. The technician said that the fuse box was caught on fire.

- Dearborn Heights, MI, USA

problem #6

Mar 152013

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
I have not been in an accident yet, but a year ago I started having electrical issues inside the steering wheel of my 2009 Jeep Wrangler. I was told it is called the clock spring. With a bad clock spring, my horn and cruise control does not work, and also my air bag light is always on. If I were to get into an accident I do not feel safe knowing my air bags are not working properly. Also, with a bad clock spring there are chances of my air bag activating randomly for no reason so that really worries me. I have almost been wrecked into several times and I am not able to honk my horn. When I took it to the local dealership, I was basically told that it has been a very common problem in 2008-2012 jk Jeep Wrangler but they did not have the part to fix it. I figured there would be a recall for it since it is such a common problem, but only the right hand drive Jeep Wrangler had a clock spring recall. I believe the recall number for those are M31 and L37. I don't understand why the left hand drive 2009 jk Jeep Wrangler are excluded from this recall. This is very hazardous and I feel unsafe knowing my air bags may not work and also knowing I could potentially cause an accident if my air bags go off randomly. Not only that, but I know more Jeep like mine that are driving around with the same problem. I would really appreciate it if this issue could be looked into. Thank you for your time.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #5

Aug 072013

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 111,234 miles


The ignition coil cracked causing loss of power. This is the fourth ignition coil to be installed in this vehicle.

- Brockport, PA, USA

problem #4

Aug 072013


  • 23,353 miles
Airbag light came on while pulling out of residence. The horn nor the cruise control currently work. After some research online, discovered there are many instances of this exact problem (clockspring). Chrysler acknowledges problems with the clockspring in the right hand drive version of Jeep Wrangler, and the 2007 left hand drive models, but nothing after. After speaking with Chrysler, they told me they simply "don't care, because we've never heard of a single complaint regarding it", which is quite surprising considering all the complaints I was able to find online.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #3

Apr 182013

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
Last night I turned my car on...I noticed the airbag light stayed on longer than usual it went of but a couple minutes later it lighted up again for a couple seconds and from then it has been doing it, while driving it I noticed that my cruise control and horn are not working. I read a lot about the issue and I can for sure say its the clock spring, this makes a lot of sense when I bought the car in 2009 I received the car with a broken clock spring I had to go back the next day so they could replace it.

- San Ysidro, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 012011

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 51,000 miles
Airbag light is on and dinger comes on constantly, was told by dealer it is a clockspring failure, I have seen several comments on Jeep forums concerning this problem, Jeep is a RHD.

- Cathlamet, WA, USA

problem #1

May 062009

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 59,759 miles
Auto won't start. Major computer failure. Cracked ignition coil. Replacedpcm & reprogrammed.

- Brockport, PA, USA

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