Manufacturers have always been challenged with providing high quality products with controlled costs in order to meet the demand of the automobile purchasers, us. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was founded in 1970, and part of its mission was to make manufacturers adhere to strict standards and guidelines, but every once in a while something goes wrong or fails to meet the expectations of the end user.
The infamous “death wobble” has been a long-time issue for Jeep owners despite claims from the automaker it’s been resolved. And now there’s another problem that Jeep and FCA stablemate Ram will have to deal with.
According to Car Complaints, a class-action lawsuit was filed earlier this week by a group of owners alleging the automaker is aware of a situation where the disconnect mechanism for the electronic sway bar, aka anti-roll or stabilizer bar, is prone to failure which could put occupants and other drivers at risk.
According to the class action lawsuit, these models are affected by electronic sway bar disconnect problems.
- 2007-2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon (JK)
- 2007-2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon (JKU)
- 2018-2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon (JL)
- 2018-2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon (JLU)
- 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon
- 2005-2010 Dodge Ram 2500 Power Wagon
- 2011-2020 Ram 2500 Power Wagon
The class action alleges the electronic sway bar disconnect is defective because an electronic circuit board for the sway bar disconnect is in a housing with seals that are prone to failure. In addition, the circuit board is allegedly located in an area that gets wet when driving in rain or over puddles.
Water or contaminants enter through the housing seals and causes malfunctions of the electronic sway bar disconnect, causing failure of the sway bar to reconnect.
The plaintiffs claim Chrysler has known about the alleged sway bar problems since 2005 but refuses to do anything to repair the sway bar disconnect defects.
The Jeep sway bar lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan: Flores, et al., v. FCA US LLC.
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