FCA Recalls JL Wrangler for Bad Track Bar Bracket Welds

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2018-19 JL Wrangler Frame Weld FCA recall

Recall involves 18,000 2018-2019 JL Wranglers, 720 of which ‘may have’ potentially catastrophic welds that could result in sudden crashes.

The first year or two of any new model is going to have a few issues that will be corrected in later models. Despite the best efforts of a manufacturer to hit a homer out of the park on the first swing, issues ranging from panel gaps to poor engine choices will likely result in a few strikes instead.

Sometimes, though, the issue could mean life or death. Such is the case with a recent recall issued by FCA. According to Jalopnik, the recall affects some 18,000 2018-2019 JL Wranglers, 720 of which “may have” a potentially catastrophic problem with welds on the track bar bracket that could result in a “vehicle crash without prior warning.”

The recall comes on the heels of numerous complaints filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website regarding structural issues with the welds. Here’s a closer look at the issue from YouTuber Bret Stevens in the below video.

Thankfully, FCA is on the ball with the recall, as a spokesperson of the company informed Jalopnik that “recall notices are pending” for the 18,000 2018-2019 JL Wranglers with the potential issue. As stated above, FCA believes four percent of the Wranglers under recall (around 720) likely have the issue, which will be repaired promptly. Affected Wranglers on the lot, of course, will not leave the lot until the issue is fixed as well. It is unknown exactly how long it will take to remedy the situation, however we expect the vehicles to be back up for sale again soon.

New vehicle models all have teething troubles, including those made by Jeep. Thankfully, they can be fixed if caught early enough, as Jeep has done with their JL Wranglers.

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Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth About Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive journalist is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist, Club Lexus, LS1Tech and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

Aubernon can be contacted via email at [email protected].

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