Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling 18,000 of its 2018 and 2019 Jeep Wrangler JL vehicles because a part could detach from the car’s frame because of a faulty weld and make it difficult to steer. Here’s what we know about the Jeep Wrangler Recall:
Consumer Reports tells us that an FCA spokesman says notices will go out to owners imminently. Dealers will look over recalled vehicles and fix them if necessary, he said, but repairs should be required for only about 700 of the affected Wranglers.
The automaker is also currently notifying dealers about how to repair the problem. Owners can check with their dealer, and if they still have questions, they can call FCA at 800-853-1403.
If the part, a track bar bracket at the front of the vehicle, were to detach, “there would be a noticeable loss of steering response,” says John Ibbotson, chief mechanic for Consumer Reports.
FCA says it is not aware of any injuries or accidents related to this problem. The Wranglers involved were built from late May through early August 2018, the spokesman said.
There has been no official recall announced yet by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the FCA spokesman says, but the recall process is underway. The issue gained steam online when a user on a Wrangler forum posted a notification allegedly sent to Jeep dealers warning them about the problem.
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