Liberty Recall – The Jeep Liberty SUV is under a recall by the Chrysler Group, which includes model-year 2004 and 2005, due to problems with the rear suspension control arm, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The automaker says that excessive corrosion could cause the lower control arm to fracture in certain vehicles, leading to a possible loss of vehicle control.
The affected vehicles, 209,724 of them, were manufactured from July 3, 2003, through July 14, 2005, and were originally sold or currently registered in the Rust Belt 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 and the District of Columbia.
According to NHTSA, Chrysler received 11 complaints from owners alleging control arm corrosion and failure. Three of the complaints also alleged a loss of vehicle control.
Chrysler says that it will send out notice of the recall by the end of April. At that time, Jeep owners will be able to take their vehicles to Jeep dealers, who will replace the rear lower control arms free of charge.
If you own one of the affected vehicles and have questions, we encourage you to contact Chrysler at 800-853-1403 and ask about recall #L27. Alternately, you can contact the NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and inquire about campaign #12V085000.