Jeep has just issued official communication stating that 1,200 units of the Compass SUV sold in India would be recalled for an airbag replacement. A supplier is said to have informed Jeep about loose fasteners in some passenger airbag modules. These fasteners could pose a safety hazard when the passenger airbag inflates.
The recall aims to replace these modules at no cost to the customer. In the coming weeks, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) India and its dealers will individually contact the Compass SUV customers whose vehicles require the passenger airbag replacement.
If you do own a Jeep Compass, you’ve got to make sure that you get in touch with your dealer and enquire whether this recall affects your SUV. Loose fasteners can be deadly, especially when associated with the explosive power that an airbag packs. So, do not take chances.
The Compass, Jeep India’s first mass-market SUV, was launched here late in July 2017. The SUV is built at Fiat’s Ranjangaon factory using world class production methods that include hot stamping and laser welding. This factory serves as a production hub for all right-hand drive markets around the world. In fact, Jeep has already begun exporting the Compass SUV to right-hand drive markets abroad. It remains unclear as to whether the Compass recall extends to export markets as well.
In India, the SUV is offered with 2 engine options – a 1.4 liter turbocharged petrol making 160 Bhp-250 Nm, and a 2liter Fiat Multijet turbodiesel churning out 170 Bhp-350 Nm. Both engines get 6 speed manual transmissions as standard fare. The petrol engine is also available with a 7 speed twin clutch automatic gearbox. A front wheel drive layout is standard while the top-end diesel variant can also be specified with a four wheel drive system. Prices of the Compass start from Rs. 15.21 lakhs, going all the way up to Rs. 21.42 lakhs.