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CarComplaints.com Notes: Poor side crash test ratings from the IIHS are really no surprise.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,208 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2012 Jeep Wrangler brakes problems

brakes problem

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2012 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments

problem #12

Oct 022016

Wrangler

  • 56,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Jeep Wrangler unlimited rolled away on slight incline (< 5 degrees) with parking brake engaged and driver out of vehicle. Driver had to reach inside the rolling vehicle to press the hydraulic brake pedal by hand to bring the vehicle to a stop. If driver was not next to vehicle when incident happened, vehicle would have likely rolled out into traffic. Vehicle failed state inspection in April 2016 due to parking brake not holding. Parking brake was adjusted and passed inspection, but failed within a month.

- Chelmsford, MA, USA

problem #11

Oct 302015

Wrangler

  • 122,000 miles
Date of occurrence: 10/30/2015 after several minutes unattended, the parking brake spontaneously failed. The vehicle rolled down the driveway, coming to rest after hitting a tree in the neighbor's yard. The local police were notified; no report filed due to the only private property involved. Injuries to the owner when trying to catch the vehicle include, but not limited to: Severe facial trauma and loss of consciousness, dislocated left shoulder requiring surgery, broken 4th and 5th ribs, broken bone in left hand.

- Harrisonburg, VA, USA

problem #10

Nov 032015

Wrangler

  • 52,000 miles
ABS and traction control light came on while making a left turn. The right side tire brake engaged and lost control of vehicle and hit a brick sign with my right side at about 25 mph. The air bags failed to deploy, and my front end is completely destroy.

- Denham Springs, LA, USA

problem #9

Jun 102015

Wrangler

  • 37,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2012 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that the brake pedal was applied up a hill and it rolled backwards without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the four brakes and the emergency brakes failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 37,000.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #8

Jul 112015

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that while driving at 20 mph, the brake pedal was depressed but it took a greater amount of time to stop the vehicle. The contact had to engage the emergency brake in order to stop the vehicle. Upon further inspection, the contact noticed that a piece of the brake pedal had detached. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who diagnosed that the brake calipers needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 76,000. Updated 2/1/2016

- North Easton , MA, USA

problem #7

Mar 152015

Wrangler

  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Jeep Wrangler. When the vehicle was started the ABS warning indicator illuminated. The contact placed the vehicle into drive and the rear passenger side wheel began to spin and would not allow the vehicle to move forward. The contact continued to press the accelerator pedal and the vehicle eventually responded. The dealer diagnosed that the passenger side rear ABS sensor was faulty and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred on the rear driver side. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #6

Jan 052015

Wrangler

  • 2,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2012 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 25 mph, the clutch emitted smoke and the vehicle stalled. The failure occurred several times. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the clutch burned out and replaced the unit. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 2,000.

- Middlesex, NJ, USA

problem #5

Nov 202014

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 77,700 miles
Attempting to accelerate from stop at traffic signal, dashboard trouble lights illuminated, ESC and antilock brake system activated, effectively nullifying driver throttle input. Vehicle would not accelerate.

- Nanjemoy, MD, USA

problem #4

Jun 262014

Wrangler

  • 29,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that while driving 15 mph, the brake pedal was engaged and failed to stop the vehicle causing the contact to crash into another vehicle head on. The impact was not severe and the air bags did not deploy. There were no injuries reported. A police report was filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 29,000.

- Columbia, AR, USA

problem #3

Aug 082012

Wrangler

  • 300 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle started to make a loud noise whenever the brakes were engaged. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the rotors needed to be resurfaced. In addition, the contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 13V234000 (power train, steering) and she was concerned for her safety since the parts were still not available. The dealer was contacted. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired for the brake failure. The vehicle has not experience the failure specified in the recall. The failure mileage was 300 and the current mileage was 25,000.

- Byfield, MA, USA

problem #2

Dec 272013

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 32,500 miles
I was traveling on the freeway. Dry, sunny day. The ESC light comes on for a half a second and the Wrangler brakes at the same time. Wheels did not lock up. Did not loose control. Just a split second, sudden deceleration. This has happened twice more, the last time was this weekend.

- Spring Valley, CA, USA

problem #1

May 082013

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns 2012 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that the cable for the anti-lock braking system struck against the front driver and passenger's side support bracket whenever the contact completed a turn. The contact stated that the failure caused the brake lines to become severed. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer where the brake lines were replaced. The dealer shortened the brake lines to provide extra room for the lines. The failure mileage was 30,000 and the current mileage was 32,000.

- Amite, LA, USA

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