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Jeep Wagoneer Recalled Over Compromised Airbag Deployment

Codenamed WS, the Ram 1500-based Wagoneer is Jeep's most luxurious production vehicle as of August 2023. Available in Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer flavors, the body-on-frame sport utility vehicle has been hit with a recall comprising nearly 45,000 vehicles.
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Chrysler, which goes by the name of FCA US LLC in the United States of America, was notified of a potential issue with the B-pillar trim back in June 2022. Through the month of October 2022, the Technical Safety and Regulatory Compliance organization discussed the issue with Interior Engineering and Manufacturing. The Restraints Engineering division also weighed in on this worrying problem, acknowledging a safety concern.

As it happens, certain B-pillar trim pieces may be loose or broken. Said pieces may compromise the deployment of the side curtain airbag, therefore increasing the risk of injury in the event of a crash. Recalled vehicles do not comply with federal motor vehicle safety standard number 226 for ejection mitigation. A whopping 14 part numbers are listed in the document attached below, with said parts supplied by Michigan's Century Plastics.

By September 22, dealers nationwide will be instructed to inspect the B-pillar trim pieces. If necessary, said pieces will be reseated or replaced. Owners will be informed of this recall by September 22 as well. Affected vehicles were manufactured between February 24, 2021 and June 7, 2022 at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Michigan. This plant also makes the Ram 1500 Classic, which is codenamed DS. The fifth-gen Ram full-size pickup truck is known as the DT.

The DS continues to be made for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, Ram doesn’t have a midsizer to call its own. That's uncanny, to say the least, especially if you remember that Jeep offers the Gladiator pickup truck. The DS also makes sense in terms of pricing, for it undercuts the F-150 and Silverado 1500. At press time, the Ram 1500 Classic is available to configure from $30,695 (sans destination) versus $37,905 for the DT.

As for the Wagoneer twins, make that $61,595 and $91,140 before taxes and options. Available in standard and long-wheelbase configurations, the Wagoneer is available with a grand total of three powertrains. The 5.7-liter HEMI opens the list, followed by the 6.4-liter HEMI and something that's coming to the Ram 1500 for the 2025 model year. That something is the 3.0-liter Hurricane, a twin-turbo sixer designed for premium fuel. The inline-six mill is available in two different tunes.

Jeep quotes 420 horsepower and 468 pound-feet (635 Nm) for the standard tune, figures that easily trump the 5.7-liter HEMI. The same applies to the high-output variant against the 6.4-liter HEMI, namely 510 horsepower and 500 pound-feet (678 Nm) versus 471 horsepower and 455 pound-feet (617 Nm) of torque.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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