An investigation begins into problems that could affect over 250,000 new Jeep Wranglers around the world.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the US has launched an investigation into 2018 to 2019 Jeep Wrangler JL models over numerous complaints related to welding deficiencies and steering problems.

The investigation begins almost one year since owners in the US petitioned the NHTSA to investigate complaints about welding and steering problems found with the new model, including lack of weld penetration, excessive slag, porous weld, overweld or weld drip, weld splash and over-penetration of welds. In the 11 months since that petition was lodged the Office of Defects Investigation has evaluated the situation and granted the investigation officially commence.

It is estimated the alleged issues affect over 270,000 Wrangler JL models around the world. There have been no reported injuries or deaths relating to the problems.

This isn’t the first time issues have been reported on JL Wranglers, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recalling 18,055 of the four-wheel-drives in September last year due to insufficient welding on the front bar which caused steering issues, though that recall is reported to be unrelated to the latest NHTSA investigation.

Mitsubishi Australia had its own faulty-welding recall this month, announcing free repairs to owners of late-model Pajeros. 

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Adding to Jeep’s woes is a separate recall this month for the new Gladiator ute, due to an issue with the rear axle potentially fracturing.

Practical Motoring will report on the NHTSA’s findings when they are released. No deadline has been set.



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