FCA will repair affected vehicles sometime in 4th Quarter 2018.
According to an official-looking document posted in JLWranglerForums, dealers received word that there’s a pending recall to address track bar weld failures on 2018 and 2019 Jeep Wranglers. According to a Jalopnik article, the potential recall affects 18,000 vehicles. The content of the document shows the gravity of the situation. Notably, a stop-sale will soon be in effect for new Jeep Wranglers until further notice.
Some 2018 and 2019 Jeep Wrangler models left the factory with improper track bar bracket welds, which can suddenly fail. According to the posted recall document, “the separation of the front track bar bracket from the frame may cause a reduction in the steering response, which can cause a vehicle crash without prior warning.” Also per the notice, dealers are required to fix affected vehicles before selling them to customers. Failing to do so can result in a $21,000 civil penalty for the dealer for each vehicle – not to mention possible lawsuits from customers.
If you own a 2018 or 2019 Jeep Wrangler, you can run your VIN through Mopar’s recall database to see if the issue affects your car. FCA currently plans to fix the affected vehicles sometime this quarter. According to JLWranglerForums, FCA said the problem exists on about four percent of the 18,000 vehicles under the recall.
This recent issue comes on the heels of reports we’ve received on steering issues with the Wrangler. According to some owners, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler has issues with play in the steering at speed.