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News Jeep Wrangler Investigated by NHTSA For Steering Problems

Jeep Wrangler Investigated by NHTSA For Steering Problems

The NHTSA has opened an investigation into 2018 and 2019 Jeep Wrangler models.

More specifically, the NHTSA is looking into thousands of new-generation Jeep Wrangler models built in 2018 and 2019. The investigation centres around the JL’s steering and whether or not bad frame welds can lead to steering problems.

The investigation began in 2018 after a complaint from a new Wrangler owner regarding a bad frame weld from the factory. The problematic welds were porous or had dripped, and were located all over the new Wrangler’s frame.

Jeep owner FCA complied with the investigation by providing documents to the NHTSA, but the administration wasn’t able to determine if the welds had an impact on steering. Also known as the Death Wobble, Wrangler steering has been in the spotlight before.

In June, a class action lawsuit was launched against FCA because of steering problems on the Wrangler dating back to 2012. A recall announced last year covered roughly 18,000 Wrangler units because of a defective bracket that could lead to a loss of control.

« Death Wobble » Experienced By Jeep Wrangler Drivers Leads To A Class-Action Lawsuit

For the moment, the NHTSA is still investigation and has yet to make a call on whether another recall is needed or if the Wrangler poses a threat to safety. So, far no injuries or deaths have been reported. We will keep you posted.

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