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Wrangler recall is official now

by David Zatz on

The Wrangler recall revealed last week is now official, and there is more information available — including the number of vehicles affected (18,055 in the US, and, we estimate, around 2,000 in the rest of the world), some of which are still at dealers, held back by a stop-sale order.

2018 Jeep Wrangler JL

The problem, again, is a misplaced weld in the front track-bar brackets, which can cause “reduced steering capability.” The recall should begin by November 17, 2018, and only affects the 2018-19 Wranglers made from May 7, 2018 to August 21, 2018. The parts were provided by Michigan supplier Tower Automotive.

The fix is for dealers to “repair the front track bar welds as needed.” All work will be done at the dealer, whose techs will bring the part up to specification, “whatever that entails.” Notice is going to dealers shortly, and letters will be sent to customers soon afterwards.

The symptoms, before the bracket separates completely, are a front end noise, off-center steering wheel, “Service Electronic Stability Control” message, and the stability control light going on.

The investigation started on August 13 with a customer complaint; meetings with the supplier went on until September 10. FCA started reviewing the scope of the problem on September 4, and by September 19, had found related field reports. There have been four warranty claims for the issue, and, as of September 19, no accidents or injuries.


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