Jeep® Could Offer Settlement On ’18 To ’20 Wrangler & Gladiator “Death Wobble” Issue

Extended Warranty & Reimbursement For Repairs...

Jeep® may be ready to offer a settlement to certain 2018 to 2020 Wrangler (JL) and Gladiator (JT) owners that have experienced the issue known as “Death Wobble,” according to a report from the Detroit Free Press.

2020 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon EcoDiesel. (Jeep).

The Death Wobble issue refers to severe shaking in the front of the vehicle after the vehicle hits a bump at highway speed. The shaking and vibrations often lead to a scary experience for drivers.

Under the proposed settlement, Jeep looks to be extending the warranty coverage for the affected vehicles listed to an 8-year / 90,000-mile (whichever comes first) plan and will include “all parts and labor needed to replace a failed front suspension damper.” It would mark a significant increase over the standard 3-year / 36,000-mile limited warranty that is standard on both vehicles.

For those owners or lessees of the affected vehicle who have had to pay for repairs related to a front suspension steering damper submit a claim for reimbursement to www.fcarecallreimbursement.com.

The settlement would also have Stellantis (FCA US) pay the attorney fees for the plaintiffs capped at $3.95 million and $4,000 for each of the 6 class representatives. The agreement would deny FCA US of any admission of liability or wrongdoing.

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2020 Jeep® Gladiator Rubicon. (Jeep).

The Death Wobble has been an ongoing issue plaguing both customers and FCA US for over a decade. A class action suit was initially filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit, way back in 2019. A fairness hearing is scheduled for April 19th, in Detroit. A settlement could finally offer a resolution for approximately 192,000 Jeep owners with affected vehicles.

FCA US began installing a new steering damper, or a stabilizer to address the steering vibration issues in late 2019.


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People are so far removed from maintaining the front suspension, that they don't even know what a front-end maintenance job is. My younger colleague has a JK I was scared to ride in. I asked when was the last time he had is aligned and performed other maintenance. It was never. I told him to do it immediately and bushing are likely ruined. He had it realigned but didnt replace the bushings. He ignored that, and guess what. "I need to change the bushings." I explained at one time this was a very normal thing to do like changing oil.

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