really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
100,464 miles

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2003 Jeep Wrangler seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 162016


  • 115,000 miles


My Jeep Wrangler has have the passenger safety airbag alarming since about a year ago. I contact the manufacturer and I was told that because there is not a recall for my car model, they cannot repair it and that I have to pay out of my pocket. This is an issue out of the manufacturer. Jeep must correct these safety concerns from the owners!

- Escondido, CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 102016


  • 130,000 miles
Airbag cover plastic on steering wheel was breaking down. The plastic became very sticky, as if someone poured a soda on it. It would not clean off with cleaners or plastic preservers. I was not confident it would work as designed if airbag deployed so I bought new airbag unit for the steering wheel. Parking brake will not hold vehicle on minor grade. It always worked until the last 2-3 years. I have had it adjusted, the cables replaced, and the brake pads replaced. It does not matter whether my brake pads are new or old. If I do not park the vehicle with the manual transmission in gear, it will move on its own, or if it does not roll backwards, it will, if any light force is applied to it. I had to install install a hydraulic brake line lock on the rear brakes to make sure my vehicle will not move on a grade I know it is an 'old' vehicle, but I like it a lot, it is well maintained and looks new. It is mechanically simple to and inexpensive to maintain. However I should not be having to buy things like airbags who's plastic degrades. I and my mechanic have no idea why the parking brake stopped working as it had before. He is a master mechanic and an expert machinist.

- Slidell, LA, USA

problem #3

Oct 312015


  • 120,000 miles
The Jeep was involved in a wreck - hit a power pole at around 50 mph knocked it down and the flipped the air bags never deployed - the police officer who worked the wreck said the airbags should have deployed after the type of hit the Jeep took

- Whitesburg, GA, USA

problem #2

Oct 192009


  • 72,320 miles
My 2003 Jeep Wrangler has a airbag warning light that stays on. Along with this the horn does not work. From what I have read and checked out it is a clockspring failure located in the steering column.

- Quartz Hill, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 152008

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 65,000 miles
Airbag light started coming on intermittently leading to an expensive repair. Vehicle warranty for these items is only 3 year/30,000 mile. Safety equipment such as airbags and seatbelts should be a longer warranty for a longer period of time if their performance can be affected by normal wear and tear on the vehicle, I.e. electronic failures.

- Mckinney, TX, USA

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