The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration is delving deeper into an investigation involving 200,000 Jeep Liberty SUVs from the 2004-2005 model years. The upgraded investigation deals with an alleged failure on either the left or right rear lower control arm that has corroded much faster than anticipated.
Each of the 22 complaints filed with the NHTSA stemmed from a state that deals with ample snow and road salt. Three people also reported a loss of vehicle control with the fault being pinned on the rear lower control arm.
Originally the NHTSA opened an investigation to probe 370,000 Jeep Liberty models from the 2002-2005 model years. However most of the complaints filed were from 2004 and 2005 models, leading the NHTSA to reduce the size of its investigation. Chrysler says there have been no reports of injuries or crashes, but noted to The Detroit News that as many as 95 warranty claims may be related to the issue.
Source: The Detroit News