Do Not Take Your 2018 Jeep Wrangler Offroad Until You Read This
Faulty weld can cause reduction in steering response and potentially a crash
A few weeks ago, the Fiat Chrysler group recalled some 18,005 new Jeep Wranglers that are thought to have front track bar bracket welded incorrectly. Where it's hard to find the exact cars that have this issue, about 722 cars amongst the 18,000 are profoundly affected by the faulty weld. The potential risks of this incorrectly welded part is rather serious. If the brackets separats from their frames, the steering of the car may go wrong and result in an accident.
This probably sounds scary, and more so for the customers that bought these 2018 Wranglers. The batches with the potential risks of bracket failure were manufactured during May 7 and August 21, 2018.
On the bright side, if you happened to have bought a lovely 2018 Wrangler recently, there are signs that your vehicle is about to experience a bracket failure. You will be warned by rating sounds emerging from the front of the car, accompanied by an off-centre steering wheel position and the electronic stability control light might also illuminate.
There are no reported accidents yet that may have been caused by the weld but some owners have had their brackets fail already. However, there is no need to worry if you own a Wrangler, as dealers will contact you if your car has this issue.
All this is bad news for Jeep, and its reputation is getting a big hit. There have been five separate recalls issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for the new Wrangler already, and that's something Jeep doesn't want for one of its most important models.