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A class-action lawsuit is seeking damages over Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator windshields allegedly breaking and/or cracking spontaneously. The lawsuit claims they “chip, crack, and fracture.” Furthermore, the defrosters, or even a small pebble, cause windshield damage. Here are the details.

Which Jeep Gladiator and Wrangler models are in the windshield lawsuit?

2023 Jeep Gladiator windshields are breaking spontaneously, a new class-action lawsuit claims
2023 Jeep Gladiator | Jeep

The lawsuit claims the issue is in 2016 to current Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator SUVs and trucks. It also states that windshields pose “an increased risk of accident, injury, or death” by impairing visibility and structural integrity. 

“Plaintiffs and the other members of the Class have experienced broken windshields caused by minimal or no impact, or caused by temperature variations between the inside and outside of the vehicle, which is to be expected during various times of the year in most climates,” the suit alleges.

One plaintiff says he pulled his Wrangler from the garage and turned the engine off to speak with a neighbor. He says when he turned on the ignition, the windshield cracked. Also, he says that, later on, a gnat hitting the replacement windshield chipped the glass, reports.

What are some of the allegations against Jeep?

2023 Jeep Wrangler 4xe interior with no top
2023 Jeep Wrangler 4xe | Stellantis

For this, he accuses Jeep of concealing its knowledge of the defect while continuing to sell vehicles. It says the automaker knew “or was reckless in not knowing” about the inferior windshields. The suit claims an “extensive number” of Jeep owner complaints, field investigations, and dealer communications allegedly show the automaker knew of the defects despite the safety risks they pose.

Another allegation is that many windshield failures happen right after warranty coverage expires. And that the warranty is “procedurally and substantively unconscionable” for not informing owners. Also, the warranty duration is “grossly inadequate.” It specifically mentions “environmental factors” not covered in the warranty as another issue. 

Are Jeep windshield lawsuits common?

2023 Jeep Gladiator in the wild
2023 Jeep Gladiator | Stellantis

“FCA’s [Jeep’s former parent company] basic limited warranty lasts for 36 months from the date it begins or 36,000 miles on the odometer, whichever occurs first,” the lawsuit states. “However, FCA limits the warranty on the windshield to only 12 months or 12,000 miles.”

So far, Stellantis has not responded to the lawsuit, which was filed on May 23.  

Past Wrangler and Gladiator recalls show nothing glass-related for 2016 to current models. However, other companies face lawsuits over similar defective windshield accusations. Land Rover and Kia have windshield lawsuits pending. 

Additionally, numerous recalls and lawsuits regarding panoramic glass roofs in various makes and models are pending. They include Mercedes, Toyota, and Nissan.


Jeep Owners Are Filing a Class-Action Lawsuit for an Expensive Problem