Fiat Chrysler of America has been hit with a proposed class action suit in Georgia over an alleged defect in its Jeep Wranglers.
The suit alleges that the apparent “death wobble” defect found in 2015-2018 Wranglers can cause a vehicle’s steering components to shake at high speeds, posing a safety risk to drivers and occupants. The complaint alleges that FCA knew about the defect and was on prior notice of the Wranglers' propensity to exhibit stiff front axles, yet intentionally hid the problem from consumers. The case argues that this constitutes a violation of the Georgia Fair Business Practices Act.
“The problem could have, and should have, been disclosed at the time of purchase so Plaintiffs and Class Members could make an informed decision about whether to purchase a Jeep Vehicle,” the complaint reads, “and, if so, how much they were willing to pay for such a vehicle containing such a defect.”
The suit wants to give class members a settlement of “three times their total monetary damages” and also seeks an injunctive order that FCA “recall the Jeep vehicles, extend the applicable warranties and repair the ‘Death Wobble’ defect.”
The class may potentially include all Georgia residents who bought a Wrangler between 2015 and 2018.