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Jeep Wrangler Owners File Class-Action Lawsuit Over 'Death Wobble'

Jeep Wrangler Owners File Class-Action Lawsuit Over 'Death Wobble'

A Jeep Wrangler owner has filed a class-action lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles over allegations the automaker ignored a safety issue related to the vehicle’s steering system.

Filed Wednesday on behalf of Clair Reynolds, a New Jersey resident, alleges a “defectively designed and/or manufactured front axle and damping system” causes the steering wheel to shake violently at highway speeds or when “encountering road variations.” The suit goes on to refer to the phenomenon a “death wobble.”

Despite the dramatic term for the condition, the lawsuit that was filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit has no claims of injury or death associated with the condition. Automotive News reports the suit just claims FCA was aware of the problem and ignored it.

FCA says it has not officially been served with the lawsuit, therefore it cannot comment on the case. A spokesperson added to Automotive News, “However, we note that any manufacturer vehicle equipped with a solid axle can experience steering system vibration and, if experienced, it is routinely corrected. Steering, braking and throttle function remain.”

FCA also claims the steering vibration matter has been linked to vehicles with aftermarket equipment installed or due to damaged steering components.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has also received complaints from Wrangler overs citing a “death wobble” in the steering rack.

Plaintiffs in the lawsuit are seeking damages for impacted owners, including FCA repurchasing their vehicles and issuing a formal recall to fix the condition.



About Nick Saporito

AutoVerdict Senior Editor Nick Saporito began writing about cars at age 13. Nick ran a couple of automotive enthusiast sites for several years, before taking some time off to focus on his career and education. By day he's a marketing executive in the telecom world and by night he hangs out here at AV. You'll find him focusing on tech, design and the industry's future.
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