Jeep Defects and Recalls

Jeep Defects & Recalls

Jeep Car GrillOne of Fiat-Chrysler’s most prestigious brands is Jeep. Jeep is known for their SUVs’ off-road capabilities, luxury, and sports capabilities. As with any product, consumers expect this vehicle to perform as advertised. Over time, we have come to see a variety of defects causing recalls for different makes, models, and years of Jeep vehicles.

The Lemon Law Lawyers are the premier consumer law firm serving clients throughout Pennsylvania. Our attorneys are well versed in the state of Pennsylvania lemon laws and federal warranty laws. We are not limited to representing clients with Jeep vehicles, our past experience has included cases fighting against brands such as Toyota, Range Rover, Dodge, Nissan, Chevrolet, Ford and other well known motor vehicle manufacturers.

Jeep Recalls

When you purchase a vehicle, you are making a large investment in a product that you will use likely everyday for years to come. There are a number of reasons that people purchase new vehicles, sometimes it’s just time for a change, other times it’s because their car is rundown, old,  and often breaks down, costing the owner money. When you purchase a new vehicle, you do not expect it to be defective. You expect the car to work to its full capabilities. Unfortunately, sometimes there are defective parts within your vehicle and you have to take it to the manufacturer for a recall repair.

Over the past few years, Fiat-Chrysler, the owner of Jeep, has come under fire for using cheap parts to manufacture their vehicles in an effort to save every penny, literally. In turn, this has led to the sale of defective vehicles; ultimately, leading to costly recalls for the auto manufacturer.

Jeep vehicles were affected by this cost cutting strategy and have incurred a variety of problems over the past few years. Some of their most notable recalls are:

  • In 2014, Chrysler recalls 870,000 SUVs for a brake defect. The problem was that the brake boosters become firm due to corrosion from water exposure. In order to fix this problem, Chrysler’s plan was to install shields in an effort to protect the booster. This recall affected Jeep Grand Cherokee models ranging from 2011-2014.
  • In 2014, about 90,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees were recalled due to a glitch in the software that disabled both the anti-locking braking system and electronic stability control mechanism.
  • In 2015, over 75,000 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee’s were recalled for a fire risk. The problem was that the air-conditioning lines were incorrectly installed. He wires were too close to engine exhaust manifolds, in some instances causing a fire.
  • In 2016, one of the largest recalls in Chrysler history, 1.1 million Jeep Grand Cherokees were recalled. The problem was that the vehicle could roll when electronic transmission was improperly used. The transmission would return to the neutral position and he driver would be required to manually shift to park. In an effort to make the driver aware, Jeep originally installed a warning chime. The chime did no play loud enough for drivers to hear over the engine. This defect led to numerous injuries.
  • 2016, saw yet another large recall from Jeep. Over 500,000 Jeep Wranglers manufactured from 2007-2016 as a result of a defective airbag. The airbags in the affected vehicles were not going off upon impact. The problem was with the cockspring that helps control the airbag function. The problem stems from over-exposure to dust and dirt. Typically, this is a result of off-road driving.
  • In 2017, Fiat-Chrysler suffered one of their biggest blunder in recent history. Over 700,000 SUVs were recalled due to a defective part that was installed in an effort to fix an earlier defect. In 2014, shields were installed to protect the brake boosters from water damage. The 2017 recalls was to fix these shields because they were not working properly. This recall was for Jeep Grand Cherokee’s from years 2011-2014.

Most Common Jeep’s to be Recalled

Sometimes, a car manufacturer has a recurring problem with a certain model. Certain Jeep models have never been recalled, while other have been recalled north of 200 times. The models that have been recalled over 100 times according to jeepproblems.com are the Jeep Grand Cherokee (232), Jeep Cherokee (203), and Jeep Wrangler (162).

For a complete look of how common recalls are, here is the total number of recalls for the top 10 most recalled Jeep models according to jeepproblems.com:

  1. Jeep Grand Cherokee – 232
  2. Jeep Cherokee – 203
  3. Jeep Wrangler – 162
  4. Jeep Liberty – 84
  5. Jeep Compass – 34
  6. Jeep Commander – 32
  7. Jeep Patriot – 31
  8. Jeep Renegade – 6
  9. Jeep Comanche – 2
  10. Jeep Wagoneer – 2

Experienced Jeep Defect Attorneys

The staff at Lemon Law Lawyers is an experienced group of attorneys and professionals that is prepared to handle any case that comes their way. We routinely pursue claims for Jeep owners and lessees. If you own a new or used Jeep that is under a manufacturer’s warranty and numerous repairs were attempted, you may have a Lemon Law claim.

Any car repair can be a time consuming process, but they are necessary in order to maintain the safety of the vehicle. If the defect is at the hand of the manufacturer, then it is their responsibility to ensure the safety of the drivers who own the defective vehicle.

When you present your case to the Lemon Law Lawyers and their professional associates will conduct a thorough investigation to determine if you in fact have a valid claim. We will work diligently to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Depending on the severity of the defect, you may be entitled to a replacement vehicle, a refund, or monetary compensation.

Our team of attorneys will use every possible resource to hold car manufacturers responsible for the defects. Contact us today if your vehicle is a lemon. We can help you get the compensation you deserve.


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