Do you own a Jeep Wrangler? Does it sometimes begin to shake uncontrollably when you drive it at higher speeds?
We’re investigating to see if a class action is needed.
The “death wobble” can occur in any vehicle with a solid front axle, reports The Drive. It’s a shaking of the steering system that occurs when the vehicle goes over a bump at high speeds. It can normally be stopped by slowing the vehicle down, something that may or may not be easy to do on a highway.
See this link for what the death wobble looks like.
This is not a new problem with Jeeps. Reports of it go back as far as 1995.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), the Jeep’s maker, doesn’t seem to think the problem is serious. It calls the problem “steering system vibration” and blames it on things like poorly-installed vehicle modifications, worn steering components, and incorrect tire pressure or wheel balance. It says it is “not a widespread condition, nor is it a safety issue.”
Some drivers would disagree. It’s never a good idea for a vehicle to have a terrifying problem at high speeds. Although no deaths have been reported, one driver reported that his vehicle “went left of center” so that oncoming traffic had to slow to a stop. Another claimed, “I had a great deal of difficulty controlling my vehicle during this episode.” A third posting said that “the vehicle veered across 3 lanes.”
Some of the affected vehicles have fewer than 10,000 miles on them or are less than a year old. Some complaints specifically state that the vehicle has had no modifications. And some complaints report the problem recurring even after it has been repaired two or three times.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has received numerous complaints about the problem and is looking into the issue to see if a recall is needed. However, it has not asked for a recall of previous Jeep models for this particular problem.
As one driver pointed out, “Dodging cars on the highway in order to slow my car down while it shakes violently is clearly a safety issue for everyone on the road.”
Whether the NHTSA issues a recall or not, drivers are being put at risk now. We’re investigating to see if a class action is needed.
If you own or lease a Jeep JL Wrangler and you have experienced the “death wobble,” fill out the form on this page. We’d like to know what your experience was.