Jeep has suspended sales of the new Gladiator pickup

Jeep has suspended sales of the new Gladiator pickup

September 18, 2019 0 By autotimesnews

The reason was the previously detected defect of the rear propeller shaft

The recently launched Jeep Gladiator last week came under review in the United States, and now it’s become known that the sales of this model have been suspended. The reason for this radical decision was the manufacturing failure of the driveshaft: during assembly, one of the monoblock joints was not properly lubricated. Operation of pickups issued from December 15, 2018 to June 25, 2019 can be dangerous.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), extraneous noise and vibration can occur in the pickup, followed by a breakdown. As part of the repair campaign, which begins on October 18, the defective part will be replaced with a new one for free.

The recall affects 3,427 copies of the Gladiator, including those still in stock at dealers. In this regard, the company decided to temporarily stop selling the model, and for violating the ban on the sale, sellers face an impressive fine of $ 21 thousand. Pickups will again be available for purchase after repair.

In the home market, a Jeep Wrangler-based frame pickup is available with a 289-horsepower gasoline six-cylinder engine 3.6 and a 264-horsepower three-liter diesel engine, which can be paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.