USA- Freep.com writes that Fiat Chrysler has issued a recall of around 18,000 vehicles after it discovered problems with the vehicle’s welding. The recalled Jeep Wrangler JLs are from 2018 and 2019.
The company believes that only about 4 percent of the recalled vehicles will have the defect. That would mean only 720 vehicles would be impacted. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a website that lists customer complaints about vehicles. As of Monday, October 22, 2018, there were 19 complaints from customers that related to the Jeep Wrangler’s 2018 and 2019 models and the word “weld.”
Consumers have expressed concerns over whether the vehicle’s welding is “structurally sound.” One customer stated that while driving on an interstate the customer turned the steering wheel to the right, but the vehicle continued to drive straight. The customer was able to drive the vehicle off the interstate, although it was “with great difficulty.”
The issue seems to be the result of a “front track bar bracket weld located off the seam potentially resulting in the bracket separating from the frame.” The result of the issue is that the steering response can be reduced. The vehicles are at risk of crashing without warning.
Customers who purchased the impacted vehicles will be sent mailings by next week. The NHTSA reports that they will add a link to their site regarding the Jeep recall if they receive information to post.
In most cases, vehicle recalls are issued by the manufacturer, but the NHTSA has the power to oversee the recalls and ensure that customers are treated fairly.
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