Recent Jeep Recalls
Ever purchase a new vehicle from the dealership and come home to a shiny white envelope with the words, “RECALL NOTICE”, stamped across the front? Major automotive brands are always trying to track and analyze problems with their vehicles. They do this both to maintain safety standards as well as encourage efficiency in future production. Have you noticed the emphasis on safety ratings in automobile commercials? Companies place a ton of value in their safety (and the perception of their vehicle safety), so it’s only natural that they’ll care immensely about tracking performance issues.
These performance and safety concerns can range from the simplest of things like a faulty window lock to something more serious, related to the engine or transmission. Even the seemingly most minor of malfunctions can wind up causing serious danger when not noticed and corrected, particularly with parts that relate directly to the operation of the motor vehicle.
When these malfunctions happen, often enough drivers return to the dealership first to have the vehicle inspected. Consequently, this is one of many reasons to take your car to a dealership for maintenance. The dealership will log issues, and when they happen beyond the limits of normal wear and tear or seem extraordinary in nature, the automaker will typically begin investigating the problem. This typically means gathering info on manufacturing processes on a day-by-day, vehicle-by-vehicle level to follow the specifics of the error in question. Once the issue is spotted, the vehicle maker will announce a recall.
Recalls will also be issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Automobile makers will scan records and reach out to buyers of vehicles within the manufacture date in question to suggest bringing the vehicle in to correct the problem, typically free of charge. They track VINs to communicate with original owners; however, if you purchased the vehicle used you need to be particularly prudent to check online for recall notices.
For Jeep owners out there, one recent recall example includes:
Chrysler Recall of 18,000 Jeep Wranglers in Summer 2018
The automaker signaled the recall, concerned that a faulty welding problem in the frame could result in a sudden crash, injury and loss of life. The weld, on the front track bar, keeps the axles centered. If the bar were to separate from the frame, steering would be impeded and the vehicle could quickly crash. This is of notable concern, particularly when the Wrangler is the second-most popular Jeep vehicle.
2018 and 2019 models were affected by this recall notice. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles noted that, of the 18,000 vehicles being recalled, they only suspect that 4% of vehicles will be susceptible to the weld failure but still want to take extra precautionary measures to address the concern.
When recalls as this occurs, it’s best to contact your local dealership immediately and schedule an appointment to have your vehicle inspected and the recall corrected. Don’t hesitate! Avoid accidents and injuries by correcting your recalls as soon as possible.