We are investigating allegations that drivers of Jeep Wranglers, including the new 2018 JL Wrangler, are experienced a death wobble when they drive at highway speeds. Our automobile defect lawyers are evaluating whether there should be a Jeep Wrangler death wobble class action lawsuit.
As explained by The Drive, a death wobble is when ” a vehicle’s steering system starts to shake—sometimes violently” when the vehicle is going at highway speeds of over 50 miles per hour. The Drive says that owners of the new JL Wrangler had hoped that the “infamous Jeep ‘death wobble'” was “in the past.”
NHTSA Reportedly Investigating 2018 Jeep Wrangler Death Wobble
As The Drive reports:
There have been enough owner complaints about this issue (and more than 200 related to steering) that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently investigating if a recall or safety notice is necessary.
” The NHSTA has investigated death wobbles before, including on the JK Wrangler,” according to The Drive. The source of the death wobble, according to Fox News, is ” typically blamed on loose or worn parts in the steering system for the Wrangler’s solid front axle.”
2018 Jeep Wrangler Rife With Steering Problems
In August 2018, Fiat-Chrysler launched a recall covering 2018-19 Jeep Wranglers over bad welds that lead to a sudden and total loss of steering control while driving, reports The Drive. The bad welds reportedly caused the front bar bracket to separate from the Wrangler’s frame. According to Auto Blog, the steering loss recall affected 18,000 JL Wranglers.
The NHTSA has already received 265 consumer complaints about steering problems in the 2018 Jeep Wrangler. Steering problems are responsible for 73.6% of all consumer complaints about the 2018 Wrangler.
Many NHTSA Complaints about the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Specifically Mention the Death Wobble
One 2018 Jeep Wrangler owner reports that they experienced the death wobble in November 2018:
At highway speeds over 55mph, upon hitting a slight bump or imperfection in the road the steering wobbles violently. This is only corrected by slowing down.
Another 2018 Jeep Wrangler owner says he experienced the:
Death wobble while driving on the highway, hit a small bump at 65 mph and the vehicle shook until I slowed down. Continued on and it happened again. Will take the vehicle back to the dealer tomorrow. 3000 [miles] on the Jeep.
Another 2018 Jeep Wrangler driver writes that his:
Jeep begins to shake and eventually wobble at highway speeds. The onset is quickly and does not typically go away without drastic reduction in speed. It has happened 4 times in the past week … It starts with a small shaking and then increases in intensity to a rocking of the vehicle with steering stability issues.
And another 2018 Jeep Wrangler driver says:
Any description of the Jeep death wobble I have read is exactly what I am experiencing. I experienced my first incident while driving my 2018 Jeep Wrangler unlimited that I had purchased two months earlier. At highway speeds between 70 and 75 miles an hour if the vehicle hits a bump or a joint in a bridge, it will often begin to wobble and become almost violent.
Our Death Wobble Lawsuit Experience
Our attorneys prosecuted a prior death wobble class action lawsuit against Chrysler over problems with the tie rods causing a loss of steering control in 2009-2012 Dodge Rams. We achieved a settlement under which Ram owners received cash payments of up to $250 and an extended warranty, under which Chrysler agreed to cover steering-linkage parts replacement for any vehicle, regardless of age or number of miles.
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