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News Jeep Wrangler Under Investigation Over Poorly Welded Frames

16:10  21 september  2019
16:10  21 september  2019 Source:   motor1.com

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New Jeep Wrangler JL owners have been complaining about frame welds for months, and some have even experienced frame failures at a critical suspension mounting bracket. New Jeep Wrangler Frame Welds are Failing and Now FCA Is Issuing a Recall [Updated].

New Jeep Wrangler Frame Welds are Failing and Now FCA Is Issuing a Recall [Updated]. New Jeep Wrangler JL owners have been complaining about Between May 7, 2018 and Aug. 21, 2018, Jeep ’s Toledo North Assembly Plant used frames with an “off seam [track bar] weld location” to build up to

2018 and 2019 Wrangler models are affected.

The Jeep Wrangler SUV is currently under fire as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opens an investigation into frame weld issues with 2018-2018 Wrangler JLs.

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Late-model Jeep Wrangler JL SUVs allegedly have welding defects in their frames that could potentially pose a safety risk, according to the In response to the owner of a 2018 JL Wrangler who complained to the agency last year, NHTSA has opened an investigation to determine if poor -quality

For months, owners of newer-model Jeep Wrangler JLs have been complaining about poorly -done frame welds . Pictures abound on the JL Wrangler Forums As Jalopnik explains, these faulty welds are a serious problem. For many Wrangler owners, welds this bad are causing the track brackets to

For starters, this issue isn't new as it dates back to almost a year ago when a citizen petitioned an investigation to NHTSA on October 24, 2018. The complaints cover weld deficiencies, including porous welds, excessive slag, lack of weld penetration, over penetration of welds, overweld or weld drip, and weld splash, that could affect the structural integrity of the off-roader. By that time, the Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) needed to further evaluate the issue if it warranted the requested investigation.

This month, however, ODI granted the petition and opened the investigation. Earlier this year, ODI sent an Information Request to FCA regarding the issue at hand. This is line with the previous recall on a misaligned weld on the front track bar on Jeep Wranglers, which has caused steering wobbles among affected Wrangler units. It could also be related to the "death wobble" that has been reported before, which led to a class-action lawsuit against FCA.

NHTSA Investigating 2018–2019 Jeep Wrangler over Frame, Steering Complaints

  NHTSA Investigating 2018–2019 Jeep Wrangler over Frame, Steering Complaints Owner complaints lead the agency to investigate about 270,000 Wranglers for wobbly steering and frame-weld quality. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened investigations into frame welds and steering problems in about 270,000 2018–2019 Jeep Wrangler SUVs.A complaint by the owner of a 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL prompted NHTSA to investigate weld issues, which the agency then expanded to include more than 3000 owner complaints of wobbling or "shimmy" in the steering.The investigation, which is not a recall, doesn't include 2020 Wranglers, and no accidents or injuries have been reported.

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Jeep wrangler jl has poor welds on the frame around major components that will appear to fail. 2 welds appear to have been poorly repaired during manufacture and are rusting at major connection points to suspension

With the information gathered involving the parties, ODI granted the petition and consequently started the investigation, dated September 17, 2019.

Thankfully, No Related Accidents Have Been Reported Yet:

  • Jeep Has Found Fix For Alleged 'Death Wobble' In Wranglers
  • Alleged Jeep Wrangler 'Death Wobble' Leads To Class-Action Lawsuit

Just to be clear, the Wrangler weld issues aren't related to the recall imposed upon its pickup truck counterpart, the Jeep Gladiator. The returning icon was recalled this week over a possible fracture of the rear axle driveshaft, affecting 3,427 Gladiators, which caused a stop-sale directive on the pickup truck.

Going back to the Wrangler, an estimate of 270,000 units of the off-roader are included in the investigation, covering MY 2018-2019 Jeep Wrangler JL vehicles.

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