From the time they are old enough to imagine getting a driver’s license, many in California and across the country envision themselves behind the wheel of a dream car. For some, it is a classic convertible, and for others, it is a sleek luxury sedan. One of the most popular vehicles sold in the United States is the Jeep Wrangler. While the distinct style of the Jeep make it a must-have for thousands of car buyers, some Jeep owners are learning that their dream car has a serious defect.
The Fiat Chrysler company claims no injuries have been reported, but about 18,000 2019 Jeep Wranglers are currently facing recall because of a defect that could cause the vehicle to crash without warning. The front track bar in these Jeeps has a faulty weld that can cause the bar, which stabilizes the axles, to break away from the frame. This may cause the driver to lose the ability to steer the vehicle.
Fiat Chrysler says that only about 4 percent of the vehicles it intends to recall may actually have the issue with the faulty weld. Many of those Jeeps with the defect have not yet been sold, so the company has halted future sales until inspectors have examined all 2019 Jeeps. Fiat Chrysler makes about 70 percent of its profits from the Jeep Wrangler, and owners of these vehicles tend to be loyal to the brand.
Whether they remain loyal after this dangerous defect remains to be seen. However, consumers who pay thousands for a new vehicle deserve quality and safety. California drivers who end up with a lemon have the right to learn about their options. An experienced attorney can provide answers and guidance for seeking redress.