Jeep under investigation for poorly welded frames in Wrangler SUV
In the month of September, ODI (Office of Defects Investigation) opened the investigation on Jeep after a petition was granted following an evaluation The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has started an investigation on Jeep for the alleged poor frame welding in the Wrangler JL produced last year in the United States.
About 2.70 lakh Wrangler JLs are part of the investigation and they were manufactured in the MY2018-19 period. The court case is not new though as in late 2018 the brand was petitioned to appear in front of NHSTA by a general citizen. The complaints mainly deal with lack of welding penetration, excessive slag, overall weld deficiencies, porous welds, weld drip, weld splash, over penetration of welds and so on.
They combined to have a drastic impact on the structural integrity of the off-roading SUV allegedly. The ODI (Office of Defects Investigation) wanted further time to analyse the issue during that time in order to hand over the requested investigation.