Additional concerns include steering wobble and shimmy, loose steering, and even lockups. As if that wasn’t enough, ODI and the NHTSA claim that “the information that FCA provided did not adequately address whether frame weld quality deficiencies compromise the structural integrity of vehicles, and therefore may pose an unreasonable risk to motor vehicle safety.”
Speaking of steering issues, Jeep recalled the Wrangler in March 2019 over the possible detachment of the wheel from the column. Certain 2019 models and the Ram 1500 were affected, only 52 units in total. The problem boiled down to an issue with the stub shafts, prone to breaking.
If you happen to own a JL or JLU and look through the NHTSA owner-submitted complaints, you’ll be shocked how many are there. The “death wobble” is a known issue of the new Wrangler, but so many complaints are testament to how little Jeep cares about fixing the problem once and for all.
Approximately 270,000 examples of the breed could be recalled if the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration deems the Wrangler unsafe, a lot more than the 18,066 early-build models from a year ago.
It appears that Jeep plans to replace the steering dampers at no cost to the owners, but the action won’t fall under a technical service bulletin. In the meantime, owners of the Wrangler should report any issue to the NHTSA in order to force Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to up the build quality.