FCA Sued Over Wrangler Wobble
June 14, 2019—Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is the subject of a class-action lawsuit over alleged dangers posed by the Wrangler's solid front axle at highway speeds.
The so-called "death wobble" could happen if the steering and suspension components around the solid front axle get knocked a bit out of place. Because the axle is, well, more solid than an independent suspension, it could cause strong vibrations through the steering column.
The lawsuit describes the sensation as "uncontrollable side-to-side shaking of a Jeep’s front-end steering components and – by extension – its steering wheel," according to The Detroit News.
In a statement to the News, FCA said that any vehicle with a solid front axle might be subject to vibrations.
The plaintiffs are seeking a buyback program that includes payment for vehicles and compensation for "loss of value," according to the News. The model years at issue are 2015 to 2018.