Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Fox News Brings Clarity to the Jeep Wrangler "Death Wobble" Fiasco

As I reported twice before, the news media have jumped on Chrysler's back with a fabricated disaster story regarding the absolutely normal and expected front axle "death wobble" that comes as a result of worn-out front suspension and steering components.  The story has worked its way up to the point that now even Fox News is reporting on it in an article entitled "What You Need To Know About the "Jeep Death Wobble."

Unfortunately, many people these days are as dismissive about their choice of news agencies as they are about their politicians, but regardless of your opinion on Fox News, their story is well researched, unbiased, and completely factual.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigated and found that there is no significant problem worthy of mandating a recall or service bulletin or any other meddling in private enterprise.  After all, with only 0.00074% of affected Wranglers have had any formal complaint regarding "death wobble" (402 vehicles out of 542,134 total).  Yet in spite of this, California Democrat Congressmen Henry Waxman and Anna Eschoo felt compelled to write this letter to FIAT/Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne.

In addition to the links for diagnosis and repair that I mentioned in my previous two articles, the Fox News story links to another good source of info at kevinsoffroad.com.

*EDIT* Autoblog is also covering the updated issue.
*EDIT* Automotive News has also provided an in-depth explanation of the issue.


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