Jeep Wrangler owners decide to sue the manufacturerJune 18, 2019
The SUV has a suspicion of problems with the front axle.
Jeep Wrangler car owners filed a class action lawsuit against FCA. They claim that the SUV is prone to losing control at high speeds.
In a class action lawsuit against the manufacturer, filed with the Detroit District Court in Michigan, it is argued that Jeep Wrangler suffers from the so-called wobling, an extremely dangerous phenomenon of self-oscillation that occurs at high speeds and leads to a loss of contact between the front wheels and the road surface. The front wheels with this phenomenon begin to oscillate left-right relative to the course with increasing frequency, and the driver feels a strong beating of the steering wheel. It is easy to imagine how this could end.
The reason for the self-oscillations of the steered wheels are, as a rule, incorrectly calculated characteristics of shock absorbers or springs, as well as road irregularities such as those called the “washboard”. SUV owners claim that the manufacturer knew about the problems with the front axle, but did not take any measures to solve it. However, the FCA does not agree with them and insist that such a phenomenon may, under certain circumstances, occur on any car with a solid front axle.
Most complaints about auto-oscillations registered by Jeep dealers were related to the use of non-original suspension parts or wheels by the Wrangler owners, worn steering components or improper tire pressure. With a timely decrease in the rate of loss of control can be avoided, but if you do not slow down in time, this phenomenon threatens a serious accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which will conduct its own investigation, has become interested in the problem with the front axle of an SUV.
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