Jeep Wrangler drivers report ‘death wobble’ on highways

Rich Person was satisfying a long-held desire in May when he bought a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport with a 3.6-liter V6 engine.

In a picture taken by his salesman, Person is seen standing beside his new ride at a dealership in Massachusetts, grinning widely and flashing two thumbs up.

“I have wanted one forever and just never pulled the trigger. My wife has always wanted a convertible. This year was our 20th anniversary, and with the oldest going to college next year we figured it was now or a long time from now,” Person wrote in an email to the Free Press.

But Person, a married father of four, became troubled by something about his dream SUV, a problem that kept him off the road for a month recently.

It’s an issue that Jeepophiles call the “death wobble,” and it’s something that has prompted quite a bit of online diagnosis. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has started looking into some recent complaints about the issue.