NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler

The Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) is an office within the NHTSA which investigates serious safety problems in the design, construction or performance of vehicles. The NHTSA is authorized to order manufacturers to recall and repair vehicles, if the ODI finds a safety issue. NHTSA investigations for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. INVESTIGATION: Frame Weld Deficiencies

    NHTSA Defect Investigation #DP18004

    • Status:
    • Date Opened: November 16, 2018
    • Date Closed: N/A
    • Recall: No recall yet

    Component(s): Structure:Frame And Members

    Summary: A defect petition was received by the Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) requesting a formal investigation of model year (MY) 2018 Jeep Wrangler vehicles for the existence of weld related safety defects located on the vehicle frame. The petitioner alleges widespread weld defects across "nearly all" 2018 Jeep Wrangler (specifically JL family code) vehicle frames. The petition describes a broad list of frame weld deficiencies, including porous welds, excessive slag, lack of weld penetration, over penetration of welds, overweld or weld drip, and weld splash. The weld defects are allegedly located at a variety of locations on the frame assembly including the track bar bracket welds that have broken and resulted in steering concerns (see NHTSA safety recall 18V-675).The petitioner alleges that the existence of the described weld defects could result in "catastrophic failure."This defect petition has been opened to evaluate the issue and determine whether to grant or deny the petitioner's request.The complaints (VOQ reports) cited above can be reviewed at NHTSA.gov under the following reference (ODI) numbers: 11140057, 11076098.

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