Apparently, this is a long-standing issue with the Jeep Wrangler, going as far back as 2012. This has led to a class-action lawsuit against FCA.
The issue with the late-model Jeep Wrangler, as reported by owners, is a vibration in the steering that can get out of hand. Said vibration typically appears after a bump or a rut. The resulting “uncontrollable side-to-side shaking”, as reported by Detroit News, can only be corrected by coming to a full stop.
The suit claims that the only true fix will require “substantial revisions and repair to the suspension” on the affected Jeep Wranglers.
FCA claims that the wobble is not a safety issue and that it is common for front solid-axle vehicles. The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday, claims that the “death wobble” occurs because the solid front axle is unable to handle bumps. The front suspension and steering component bear the brunt of the vibration which is transmitted to the driver. Jeep has replaced steering dampers on numerous Wranglers under warranty without ever truly solving the problem.
As it stands, FCA says they’ve not yet received the lawsuit and have not commented on the allegations. The alleged “death wobble” lawsuit involves 2015-2018 Jeep Wranglers but the issue is known to occur on Wranglers going back to 2012.
Source: Detroit News