Chrysler has issued a recall on 210,000 of its model year 2004-2005 Jeep Liberty SUVs. According to both the automaker and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the issue involves the rear lower control arms, structures which keep the Jeep Liberty’s rear axle stable on the road. It has been determined that excessive corrosion on the control arms may reduce stability or even fracture the part, leading to a loss of control.
Chrysler and the NHTSA state around 267,000 Jeep Liberty SUVs total may be involved in the recall, with nearly 210,000 found in the U.S. and more than 24,700 in Canada. Model years involve include 2004-2005 Jeep Liberty vehicles built between July 3rd, 2003 through July 14, 2005. Note that only Jeep Liberty SUVs registered or sold in the U.S. states of Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, as well as the District of Columbia are affected by the recall. States David Dillon, head of Chrysler’s Product Investigation and Campaigns, “the excessive corrosion is a result of extended exposure to road salt, which is why the campaign is limited to vehicles originally sold or currently registered in salt belt states as defined by the NHSTA.”
The NHTSA can be reached at (888) 327-4236 and reference campaign ID number 12V085000 for additional information. Chrysler plans to start notifying Jeep Liberty owners about the recall at the end of April, which they will be advised to bring their vehicles to the nearest dealership to have it examined and, if necessary, the control arms replaced for free. Jeep Liberty owners may also contact Chrysler at (800) 853-1403 and reference recall number L27 for information as well.
Source: Chrysler, NHTSA