The vast majority of Jeep Wranglers sold in the United States place the driver on the left-hand side of the vehicle, but a few right-hand-drive examples – designed and marketed primarily to rural postal carriers in this country – are now the subject of a recall.
2008-2012 Jeep Wrangler, RHD Models
The problem: Dirt, moisture, and debris that enters the interior can potentially dirty or damage the airbag clockspring assembly. If this happens, an airbag warning light will illuminate in the gauge cluster, and the driver’s airbag may not deploy in a collision.
The fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the clockspring assembly if needed at no charge. Owners will be notified of the issue over the course of November.
Vehicles affected: This recall pertains only to 5,334 right-hand-drive Wranglers built between 2008 and 2012.
Although this problem could theoretically manifest itself in any Wrangler exposed to the elements, Chrysler says it’s more likely to apply to RHD vehicles, since they’re frequently driven with the driver’s window down, and over long stretches of dirt roads.
Mathematically, this seems to be the case. Chrysler sold about 362,789 Wranglers in the U.S. during that same time span. The 5,334 RHD models account for about 1.5 percent of total volume, yet 6 of the 14 owners (42 percent) interviewed by NHTSA during a defect investigation owned a right-hand-drive Wrangler.
Source: Chrysler, NHTSA ODI