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  • FILE - This Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, file photo, shows the Jeep logo on the front end of a Jeep Wrangler 4x4 on display at the Pittsburgh International Auto Show in Pittsburgh. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, that the company is recalling more than 224,000 Jeep Wrangler SUVs worldwide because the air bags may not inflate in a crash. The recall covers certain 2016 and 2017 Wranglers. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
October 19, 2016 1:54 PM

Fiat Chrysler recalls 224K Jeeps; air bags may not work

Associated Press

DETROIT -- Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 224,000 Jeep Wrangler SUVs worldwide because the airbags may not inflate in a crash.

The recall covers certain 2016 and 2017 Wranglers. The company said in government documents that wiring to a sensor can come loose, cutting off signals to an airbag computer. If that happens, the seat-belt pretensioners won't work and the airbags won't deploy.

The company said no one has been hurt because the airbags didn't inflate and no customers have complained. The problem was discovered during company crash tests. Fiat Chrysler found that during a crash, the left headlight would rotate, pulling the wiring loose.

Repairs to fix the problem aren't ready yet, but Fiat Chrysler said they are imminent and owners will be notified when to set up a service appointment. Dealers will reroute the wiring at no cost to owners.

Fiat Chrysler said none of the 2017 models have been sold yet.

Owners can contact FCA at (800) 853-1403.