It IS normal
What does it mean when they have tape in it? Why did they do that
The tape keeps the anti-abrasion covering from coming loose.
It also can keep things together that are assembled together until they are actually assembled.
All cars do this. All
to keep the ends from fraying. You may have seen that done to ropes.
It does look like an amateur job thought. Take a look at a Cherokee on the lot and compare.
This is absolutely the right answer.