Jeep Readies for Wrangler Recall Over Frame Weld Fail
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, makers of Jeep, is preparing the recall of 18,000 Wranglers from 2018 to 2019 for inspection. The issue involves a potentially faulty weld in the frame that could cause the vehicle to crash. In some vehicles, the problematic weld has led to the track bar mount shearing off from its weld to the frame.
The Italian-American multinational car maker has also issued a stop-sale on unsold vehicles.
An owner of a 2018 Jeep Wrangler posted his experience with the issue on Youtube. The video below shows how the track bar mounts have completely sheared away from the vehicle’s frame.
Although 18,000 Jeep Wranglers will be inspected, only around 720 units are believed to be affected. A Jeep spokesperson confirmed that no accidents have been reported in connection with the issue. To date, five 2018 Jeep Wranglers have been recalled, including one for an improperly welded steering shaft.
According to analysts, the Wrangler accounts for 70 percent of Fiat Chrysler‘s profits. The model’s off-road capabilities and iconic boxy styling has an established loyal following. A pickup version is scheduled for a 2019 release.