If you’ve ever purchased a new or used vehicle, then you know that there’s a wave of stress that appears and disappears as the process is completed. In the worst cases, that wave of stress can abruptly reappear when a defect or recall is discovered. You have the right to a vehicle that will keep you safe, and the manufacturer’s warranty will cover any defects for a specific time period after purchase. Why are vehicles being recalled at such a staggering rate, and what are some common Jeep recalls and defects? Here are just a few of the things you should know when you decide to purchase.
Jeep owners tend to love their vehicles, which is a shame: certain models of the Dodge Journey, Jeep Patriot, and Jeep Compass vehicles manufactured in 2016 were recalled after sensors along the crankshaft failed to work consistently. This causes the engine to sometimes stall, which can result in serious accidents.
A more minor defect that only affects vehicles that have been in major rollover-causing collisions forced a recall of some 2017 Jeep Wrangler models because the fuel tank was manufactured with a fault control valve. This could result in a leak, which means greater opportunity for fire when in an accident.
The law surrounding vehicles can be murky to the laymen. What is a lemon, and what are our options when we discover we’ve purchased one? A lemon is a lemon for a number of reasons: first and foremost, any issue with the car isn’t your fault. That means you can’t have gone off-roading with a family vehicle for a month in Australia, and you can’t have hacked in software to make the car drive itself. The defect needs to be squarely the manufacturer’s fault. They’re covered by the manufacturer for this reason. When you contact the manufacturer to order repairs, but these attempts fail at least three times within the first year of purchase–or the first 12,000 miles if you reach this benchmark sooner–then your car is a lemon.
If this is the case, it’s important to know that you shouldn’t take the hit yourself. If you were sold a car that doesn’t work as a car should, then someone else is responsible–and you should therefore hold that party responsible. Contact a qualified lemon lawyer if you think you might have a lemon on your hands, or if you believe you’ve been fooled by the manufacturer. One of the best reasons to do this is that these experienced hands will research the minute details of your case in order to find similar cases. If your car had a problem, then there is a strong likelihood that many other vehicles had a similar defect. This could be reason for a manufacturer to make a recall.