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Jeep ‘Death Wobble’ settlement could mean repair reimbursements

  • Jeep owners impacted by a phenomenon called the “Death Wobble” may get cash settlements for repairs.
  • The “Death Wobble” happens when a vehicle hits a bump at highway speeds, which leads to a vibration or shaking drivers describe as “frightening.”
  • The company, which prefers the term “vibration,” said in 2019 that it was not aware of any deaths or injuries related to it.
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DETROIT – Owners of certain Jeep Wranglers and Gladiators might be getting a warranty extension and possibly cash back for a specific type of repair if they paid out of pocket related to what’s commonly referred to as the Jeep “Death Wobble.”

The information is part of a proposed settlement agreement in a class-action case that would be limited to owners or lessees of 2018-20 Jeep Wranglers and 2020 Jeep Gladiators.

The warranty extension for up to eight years or 90,000 miles would cover “all parts and labor needed to replace a failed front suspension damper,” according to the proposed agreement. A Jeep brand website notes that a common length for a basic limited warranty is three years or 36,000 miles.

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FCA US, the U.S. operating arm of Stellantis, which owns the Jeep brand, would also pay attorney fees for the plaintiffs of up to $3.95 million and $4,000 for each of the six class representatives. The proposed agreement stipulates that the company denies any admission of liability or wrongdoing.

A proposed settlement agreement in a federal lawsuit over the Jeep "Death Wobble" would mean owners or lessees of certain models, include the 2020 Jeep Wrangler, could be eligible for an extended warranty and for reimbursement if they paid to repair their vehicles with a certain part.

How to submit a claim for reimbursement

The agreement would allow owners or lessees of the affected vehicles who paid for a repair related to a front suspension steering damper to submit a claim for reimbursement to

Final approval of the proposed agreement, which is affiliated with a lawsuit initially filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit in 2019, is pending a fairness hearing scheduled for April 19 in Detroit. It’s not clear how many vehicles would be involved, but an amended complaint for the suit filed in January 2020 noted that the company had “identified approximately 192,000 owners and their Jeep vehicles known to suffer from the defects that manifest as the ‘Death Wobble.’ ”

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