Fiat Chrysler Automobiles issued two voluntary product recalls today impacting certain Fiat 500 and Jeep Wrangler vehicles. The 500 recall is associated with the car’s available manual transmission clutch, while the Jeep recall is related to the clockspring housed within the steering wheel on some older Wrangler models.
According to FCA, 2012-2016 Fiat 500’s with the manual transmission may have a clutch travel time that exceeds design specifications. Over time, the excessive travel time could cause component failure resulting in the inability to shift gears. The issue impacts a total of 39,217 vehicles in the United States, and a few thousand additional units in Canada and Mexico.
The company is also recalling 2007-2010 Jeep Wranglers to replace the clockspring inside the steering wheel, which helps create the circuit that controls airbag function. FCA claims that they have discovered that excessive dirt and debris from off-roading may cause the clockspring to malfunction, thus not deploy the driver’s side airbag. Some owners may experience the airbag warning lamp illuminated because of this issue. FCA states that 392,464 Wranglers are impacted by this recall.
In both cases the company claims they are unaware of any injuries associated with each respect mechanical issue. Owners with concerns are advised to contact FCA Customer Service at 1-800-853-1403.