According to NHTSA, Jeep is recalling approximately 3,400 of the 2020 Gladiators. The cars were delivered without grease in their monoblock joints. This oversight could could cause the joints to seize and the rear driveshaft to fracture and separate.
There have been no reported accidents or injuries related to this issue.
The vehicles involved were built from December 15, 2018 through June 25, 2019. Currently, there is a “stop-sale” ordered for any Gladiators on dealer lots that fall under this recall. In all, about five percent of the vehicles inspected seem to be missing the grease.
Gladiator is is a Wrangle-based pickup model and is Jeep’s most important new model this year. It is the automaker’s first pickup since 1992. More than 7,000 were sold through June of this year, according to Fiat Chrysler’s latest quarterly sales report. Owners will be notified by mail, but can also search the NHTSA website for using the vehicle’s VIN.