Jeep is a highly established automobile manufacturer that is wholly owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Jeep was acquired by Chrysler in 1987, but has separated itself apart from its competitors in the market. This company is most known for its production of crossovers, sport utility vehicles, off-road vehicles, SUVs, and one pickup truck. Jeep is arguably the oldest company to mass produce four-wheel drive SUVs. The most popular Jeep models on the market are the Wrangler, Grand Cherokee, and Liberty.
Recalls & Known Issues
Jeep is a very popular, though niche line of vehicles that people tend to love because of their unique build and design. However, in 2019, the 2018-2019 Wranglers became the subject of a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) investigation for their defects.
There were over 3,000 complaints made from customers that the surrounding frame of the car was affecting the steering system because there was poor structural integrity. NHTSA determined, in its investigation, that the structure of the Wranglers presented problems that were not addressed by the manufacturer.
The defects posed a safety risk that was unreasonable. During another recall in 2018, NHTSA asked Jeep to provide information about their steering systems and the designs that were causing the models to wobble. Since that time, Jeep came out with an engineered remedy to address what was dubbed as the “death wobble.”
Unfortunately, even the most popular and reputable car brands are not free from design flaws and defects that could put drivers at risk. It is important to remember that manufacturers can make mistakes, no matter how enticing the sleek look of the car is. If you own or lease a Jeep in California, you may be entitled to relief under the lemon laws. The attorneys here at Kaufman & Kavicky, LLP are very knowledgeable when it comes to your rights under these laws. Contact our office today to learn more.