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Jeep recalls 1,178 new Compass crossovers for half-shaft gremlins - Roadshow

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It's always a bit of a bummer when a brand-new model ends up with a recall early in its life, as is the case with the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass.

Jeep issued a recall for just 1,178 examples of the 2017 Compass. All the vehicles in question are equipped with a six-speed transmission. The issue lies with the left front half-shaft, which is a drive axle that transfers power from the transmission to the vehicle's wheels.

Whereas the previous Compass was a bit of a poseur, the new one feels much more like a real-deal Jeep. Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow

In this case, the left front half-shaft might not be properly seated. This could lead the half-shaft to disengage from the transmission or potentially break. If either one of those events occurs, the vehicle may suffer a loss of motive force. That could increase the risk of a crash if it happens at an inopportune time.

Parking the vehicle might not solve the problem, either. If the half-shaft disengages or breaks while the car is in...(continued)

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