Recall: Jeep Wrangler Vehicle Track Bar Welds Can Separate and Cause Loss of Control

a specialist will need to travel to the dealership to make the necessary repairs

Recall: Jeep Wrangler Vehicle Track Bar Welds Can Separate and Cause Loss of Control
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October 22, 2018

Chrysler is recalling certain 2018-2019 Jeep Wrangler vehicles. The front track bar brackets may be improperly welded, which can cause the bracket to separate from the frame, reducing steering capability and possibly causing a crash without any prior warning.

What's the problem?

The front suspension track bar frame bracket on about 18,000 of the above vehicles may have been built with track bar bracket welds located off the seam, potentially resulting in the bracket separating from the frame. 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. This potentially affects vehicles manufactured from May 07, 2018 through August 21, 2018.

Dealers encouraged to issue loaner vehicles

Affected vehicles may be out of service for a period of time due to the inspection and repair procedure. As such, dealers are being encouraged to place the owner in a loaner vehicle if inspection determines the vehicle frame build date is within the involved build date range.

If the inspection determines that the build date is in the affected range, photos have to be submitted to Chrysler for evaluation. Parts will only be ordered after these photos have been evaluated. Vehicles with an out of position weld must have the track bar weld repaired by a Technical Weld Specialist, who will have to make special travel arrangements to the dealership to make repairs.

What happens next?

Chrysler will notify owners and dealers will inspect and repair the track bar bracket welds, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 17, 2018.

Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at (800) 853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is UA5.