Certain Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator owners could get extended warranties and cash back on certain types of repairs if they paid out of pocket in connection with what’s commonly referred to as the Jeep’s “death wobble.” .
Under the proposed settlement, Jeep will extend warranty coverage up to eight years or 90,000 miles to include “all parts and labor necessary to replace a failed front suspension damper.” This is a significant increase from the standard limited warranty, which typically lasts 3 years or 36,000 miles.
Stellantis, or rather FCA US, will pay plaintiffs’ attorneys’ fees up to $3.95 million and up to $4,000 to each of the six class representatives. The automaker refuses to admit liability or wrongdoing, the proposed contract says.
Death wobble is a problem that can affect most vehicles with live axle type front suspension as it requires some linkage to steer. necessary and requires a steering damper to dampen unwanted vibrations. However, a large number of linkages, usually not rigidly attached, can lead to self-amplifying harmonic oscillations. Steering dampers usually correct this, but steering components on live axle vehicles tend to wear out faster than rack and pinions.
It is not clear how many vehicles were involved. But in documents related to the dispute, there are about 192,000 stories.Stellatis spokesman Eric Mayne said the company has not commented on the ongoing lawsuit.
sauce: detriot free press