FCA recalls 3,500 Jeep Gladiators for driveshaft issues

2020 Jeep® Gladiator Rubicon
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FCA recalls 3,500 Jeep Gladiators for driveshaft issues. FCA and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued the recall to address that the driveshafts were allegedly not lubricated on 3,427 Gladiators. 

The 2020 Jeep Gladiators affected have manufacturing dates between December 12, 2018 and June 25, 2019. The official release says the monoblock constant velocity joint within the rear driveshaft might have been assembled without grease. Without that grease, it could lead to a premature failure of the driveshaft. The blame has been assigned to the part supplier for the driveshaft. 

NHSTA claims that only five percent of the affected 2020 Jeep Gladiators experienced this circumstance. However, FCA will not take any chances and is offering a free replacement of the entire rear driveshaft at no expense to the customer. As of now, six warranty claims have been filed with zero reports of failures, accidents, or injuries from the recall. 

A “stop-sale” has also been ordered for any Gladiators currently on dealer lots that fall under the recall. FCA will send out the official recall to affected owners starting on October 18, 2019.

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