Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) will recall more than 18,000 Jeep vehicles containing out-of-spec bracket welds.
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The Auburn Hills, Michigan-based manufacturer will recall 18,055 2018-2019 Jeep Wrangler vehicles built between May 7 and Aug. 21, 2018.
The affected vehicles were built with incorrectly welded front track bar brackets. The bracket can separate from the vehicle frame, reducing steering response and increasing crash risk.
FCA began its investigation on Aug. 13, 2018 following customer complaints of bracket separation. From then until Sept. 10, 2018, engineers met with Plymouth, Michigan-based component supplier Tower Automotive Products. From Sept. 4 to Sept. 18, 2018, FCA engineers analyzed build data along with suspect part delivery dates to determine how many vehicles were affected.
The company stated they received ten related field reports as of Sept. 19, 2018. The company decided on Sept. 21, 2018 to conduct a safety recall.
FCA will notify owners and dealers will inspect and repair the track bar bracket welds, as necessary, free of charge. The recall will begin Nov. 17, 2018. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler’s number for this recall is UA5. Owners can also visit the NHTSA’s website and enter their VIN to see if their vehicle is included in any recalls.
Your vehicle’s manufacturer is legally required to fix any recalled problems for free. If the dealership refuses to fix the part or tries to charge you for the repair, contact the manufacturer immediately. The Highway Safety Act of 1970, which created the NHTSA, requires car manufacturers to pay for the recall and replacement of a defective part.
If the manufacturer fails to repair, replace, repurchase, or provide your recalled vehicle’s loss value, they are violating the warranty and a lawyer may be able to help you. Lemon law attorneys help their clients by dealing directly with the manufacturer on the clients’ behalf, working to promptly resolve the issue and get their clients back on the road. Thanks to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, attorneys can seek their fees directly from the manufacturer, meaning a client can obtain legal counsel without having to pay attorneys’ fees directly out of pocket.
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