By Kelsey Mays on July 9, 2012
Two California lawmakers asked Chrysler to warn Jeep Wrangler owners of the SUV's propensity to shimmy or shake at highway speeds, Automotive News reports. Chrysler, whose brands include Dodge and Jeep, contends its vehicles "meet or exceed" governmental safety standards. Any car with a solid-axle suspension can experience such shaking, which is correctable with "a change of tires or installation of a simple steering dampener," the automaker told Automotive News. Still, the Wrangler is one of the only SUVs left with solid front and rear axles, forgoing the more common independent suspension to maximize off-road capabilities. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received 402 complaints from more than half a million owners of 2005-2010 Wranglers — the model years in contention. NHTSA will continue to monitor the situation.
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