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I-Team: ‘Jeep Wobble’ Has Federal Investigators Looking At Safety

I-Team: ‘Jeep Wobble’ Has Federal Investigators Looking At Safety


ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR VEHICLES ON THE ROAD IS CAUSING A BIG SHAKEUP. LITERALLY. SHAKING PEOPLE SO DRAMATICALLY THAT WE FOUND SOME EXPERIENCING ACHES AND PAINS. OTHERS ARE SO TERRIFIED THEY HAVE HAD TO PULL INTO THE BREAKDOWN LANE. WE LOOK INTO THE WALL BALL — WOBBLE. Reporter: EXCITED ABOUT THE NEW JEEP WRANGLER HE BOUGHT THIS SPRING. HE HIT A BUMP IN THE ROAD. THE CAR STARTED SHAKING. Reporter: CAPTURED IT WITH HIS CELL PHONE THEN TOOK US FOR A RIDE. IT FEELS LIKE YOU ARE PUTTING SO MUCH STRESS ON THE VEHICLE THAT SOMETHING COULD BREAK. Reporter: TRIGGERED WHEN HE HIT A BUMP AT 50 MILES PER HOUR. I AM STILL ABLE TO TURN. Reporter: ODDLY ENOUGH THE SHAKING STOPPED WHEN HE HAD ANOTHER BUMP BUT IT WAS NOT GONE. THERE IT GOES. Reporter: THE WHEELS STARTED WOBBLING AGAIN. WE HAVE BEEN ON A RIDE FOR 20 MINUTES. THIS IS ABOUT THE FOURTH TIME THIS HAS HAPPENED. WE ARE SHAKING AND IT FEELS UNCONTROLLABLE. Reporter: JEEP INSISTS THERE IS NEVER A LOSS OF CONTROL BUT A LOOK AT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY SAFETY ADMINISTRATION LOGS SHOWS A LONG HISTORY OF COMPLAINTS FROM WRANGLER OWNERS. 231 WITH THE TERM “WOBBLE” MANY REFER TO IT AS THE “DEATH WOBBLE “. JEEPS PARENT COMPANY SAYS IT IS NOT A SAFETY ISSUE. THEY STRONGLY OBJECT TO ANY INSINUATION OTHERWISE. SAFETY EXPERTS ARE NOT SO SURE. IS THIS A SAFETY ISSUE? ARE THEY DOWNPLAYING THIS? ANY TIME YOU HAVE BODILY SHAKING THAT IS A SAFETY PROBLEM. Reporter: THE SHAKING IS ROOTED IN ONE OF THE MAIN THINGS THAT MAKES A JEEP AND CHEAP. A SOLID FRONT AXLE ALLOWS IT TO DO THINGS LIKE THIS, THE STEERING SYSTEM DESIGNED ASSOCIATED WITH THIS CONDITION OF THE UNIQUE CAPABILITY THAT IS VALUED BY OUR CUSTOMERS AND THE MARKET. AT WHAT COST? ONE COMPLAINT THREE MONTHS AGO SAYS THAT CAUSE THE DRIVER TO SWERVE OFF THE ROAD. SINCE THEN MY DAUGHTER HAS BEEN COMPLAINING ABOUT NECK PAIN. YOU CAN SEE WHERE IT COULD MAKE YOU LOSE CONTROL. Reporter: A FEDERAL SAFETY INVESTIGATION LOOKING INTO STEERING RELATED ISSUES FOR A SECOND TIME ALONG WITH A REPORT OF WELDING PROBLEMS. JEEP IS INSTALLING SHOCK ABSORBERS IN ITS NEWER MODELS FREE OF CHARGE. THAT IS WHAT IT DOES. Reporter: THIS WRANGLER CAME WITH ONE ALREADY IN PLACE BUT THE WOBBLE STILL HAPPENED. THE DEALER REPLACED IT WITH THE BETTER DAMPER WHICH SOME SAFETY EXPERTS SAY IT IS A BAND-AID. A FLAW THAT SEEMS TO MAKE ONE OF AMERICA’S FAVORITE, RUGGED

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