When you drive off in your new 2016 Jeep Wrangler you don’t expect to get stranded because the gear shift lever breaks, but it appears this is pretty common among owners who have been complaining on the National Highway Transportation Safety Association website.
Owners of these Jeep Wranglers say their gear shifts are rough or have failed to operate. As they are unable to shift into higher gears or the lever breaks, they are sometimes put in danger of being struck by another motorist, the NHTSA said.
Related: Faulty Jeep Grand Cherokee Gear Shift Recall
Some of the Jeep owners say their gear shift broke while they were driving after it became disengaged and making crackling sounds like broken bones. Others say their gear shift became loose and was impossible to put into gear or to shift to higher gears. A few of the reports say the gear shift lever came off it’s mount completely. One report stated the gear shift assembly became fractured and was replaced at just 8,000 miles.
At least one 2016 Jeep Rubicon owner had the same problems with their Jeep, the NHTSA reports.
“This is a safety issue and it puts drivers at risk of being in a crash,” said Attorney James Johnson. “It’s also a possible design flaw that may or may not be rectified by replacing the gear shift assembly with the same parts.”
Other problems reported to the NHTSA include passengers being injured by an “extremely sharp” rear passenger side door panel and leaks in the Freedom top when it rains. One motorist reported their horn doesn’t honk or has delays when it is pressed and was concerned about this being a safety issue. There were also Wrangler owners who complained about check engine lights coming on and off and engines that rattled. At least one person complained the brakes were pressed and the vehicle lunged forward, prompting them to put the vehicle in park upon stopping to avoid a collision.
2016 Jeep Wrangler Recalls
The 2016-2017 Jeep Wrangler vehicles made between June 16, 2015 and August 14, 2016 have been recalled due to a defective sensor wiring that may detach and prevent front airbags from deploying and seat belt pretensions from engaging in the event of a collision. Chrysler (FCA US LLC) has recalled these vehicles to fix the problem.
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