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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,795 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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2012 Jeep Wrangler seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2012 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #6

Feb 182014

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 47,650 miles


My airbag light has been turning on and off as I drive. Looked online and see this is not a uncommon problem. The clockspring in the newer Jeep Wrangler 07 up, seem to go bad with what I feel is not very high mileage. I see a recall on 07 models but not for any years after. Why Chrysler feels its ok for the airbag to be turning on and off while driving on newer models is alarming to me. If I were to be involved in an accident while it was turned off, or anyone for that matter, I would feel guilty as a major auto Corp. Knowing that this is a recurring problem. I feel this needs to be handled for the safety of everyone driving, not just the ones in Jeep Wrangler.

- Rockford, MI, USA

problem #5

Dec 272013

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
While driving, and without incident, my airbag indicator light came on and began dinging. It would cut off, then begin come on again with any turn or slight bump... so basically, my Jeep is dinging at me every 30 seconds or so. I contacted my local dealer and was told there were no recalls on my Jeep. I took it to my local shop (grayson tire and auto) for tire rotation and oil change. They ran diagnostic and found the fault was with the clock spring and advised me that it should be a warranty item. I did some online research and found that there is a recall for the clock spring (L37/nhtsa11V-528) for 2008-2012 right hand drive models, and that a similar recall for the 2007 models had been extended to include the left hand drive models and the warranty on the clock spring had been extended to 10 years, 150,000 miles. Looking at blogs on the internet, there is obviously a problem with the clock spring with Jeep vehicles. I even found some documentation that of the 181 complaints that were filed for the initial recall, 82 were in RHD's... so 99 were in lhd's...

- Grayson, GA, USA

problem #4

Sep 052013


  • 22,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that while the vehicle was parked and unoccupied, the driver's side air bag inadvertently deployed. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis and the contact was informed that she had left the top down during a rain storm, causing the air bags to deploy. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure and current mileage was 22,000.

- Charleston, SC, USA

problem #3

Aug 162013

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 19,800 miles


On or about 10 am on 8-16-13 our air bag light went on and all steering wheel functions quite working. About 20 minutes latter the air bag deployed. The edr system reported that, no airbag went off and there is no recorded event. This from Jeep corporate investigation. The SRS module is also fine and has not triggered any event. This leads back to the clock spring and a short that they never even considered at the investigation of the know part that was faulted/failed.

- Lake Havasu City Az, AZ, USA

problem #2

Mar 262013

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
On the 2012 Jeep Wrangler (lhd) dashboard, the airbag and esp warning light flashes on every other minute with a chime, an indication that there is something malfunctioning or interfering with the vehicle's airbags.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 poorly designed clockspring within the vehicle's steering wheel. This faulty clockspring is the culprit for potential airbag failures in the 2008 Jeep Wrangler (lhd) during an accident or premature deployment when simply driving around, as well as hazardous, and potentially fatal esp inputs that can cause the Jeep to strike into other vehicles and/or objects on the road, and potential roll-overs. Also, in the case of steering gear box failures, the clockspring is designed in such a way that it will also take out the clockspring, effectively doubling the cost of any required repairs. Daimler Chrysler has refused to address the reliability or safety concerns for this issue.

- San Diego, CA, USA

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problem #1

Oct 172011

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 272 miles
10/17/12- steering column shutters, horn pads loose- dealer retorqued bolts to horn pad and driver's air bag. 1/4/12- brake/steering concern; steering wheel has excessive play, excessive pull to right- dealer checked and adjusted alignment, vehicle steering continued to drift; dealer rotated front tires. 4/14/12- dead battery, vehicle towed to dealer, battery failed midtronics test, dealer replaced battery. 4/16/12- front brakes squealing; dealer scuffed and cleaned pads and rotors. 4/28/12- engine light activated; dealer identified #2 cylinder misfire, dealer re-programmed PCM with new update software per tech service bulletin 18-007-12. 5/31/12- engine light activated again; dealer identified low compression cylinder #2 misfire, exhaust valves leaking, replaced left cylinder head per star case #327244. Rental vehicle 2 days. 6/15/12- engine light activated again, steering pulls to right again; dealer identified bank 2 camshaft slow response, replaced both exhaust camshaft phasers, dealer rotated tires. Rental vehicle 2 days.

- Glendale, AZ, USA

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