Chrysler has announced that it's recalling 209,724 Jeep Liberty models for lower control arms that may fracture due to rust. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration says the recall covers certain vehicles manufactured between July 3, 2003 and July 14 2005, which were originally sold or are currently registered in states with a high probability of rust.

In the right conditions, the lower control arms could rust to the point of fracture, leading to a loss of control and a potential accident. Reuters reports Chrysler is unaware of any accidents caused by the defect.

The automaker intends to notify owners and begin the recall by the end of April this year. Those vehicles covered by the campaign will have their control arms replaced free of charge. See below for the full recall notice.
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JEEP / LIBERTY
2004-2005

Manufacturer:
CHRYSLER GROUP LLC
Mfr's Report Date:
MAR 02, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number:
12V085000
NHTSA Action Number:
EA11013

Component:
SUSPENSION:REAR
Potential Number of Units Affected:
209,724

Summary:
CHRYSLER IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2004 AND 2005 JEEP LIBERTY VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM JULY 3, 2003, THROUGH JULY 14, 2005, ORIGINALLY SOLD, OR CURRENTLY REGISTERED IN, 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. SOME VEHICLES MAY BE EQUIPPED WITH REAR LOWER CONTROL ARMS THAT CAN EXPERIENCE A REAR SUSPENSION LOWER CONTROL ARM FRACTURE DUE TO EXCESSIVE CORROSION.

Consequence:
A FRACTURE OF THE REAR LOWER CONTROL ARM MAY RESULT IN A LOSS OF VEHICLE CONTROL AND MAY LEAD TO A VEHICLE CRASH.

Remedy:
CHRYSLER WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE REAR LOWER CONTROL ARMS ON ALL AFFECTED VEHICLES ORIGINALLY SOLD IN, OR CURRENTLY REGISTERED IN THE NHTSA DEFINED SALT BELT STATES, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN BY THE END OF APRIL 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHRYSLER AT 1-800-853-1403.

Notes:
CHRYSLER'S SAFETY RECALL NUMBER IS L27. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .


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      ShutoSteve
      • 2 Years Ago
      My ex had one of these. Insisted on going down Montreal's pothole infested highways at 110MPH. Always told her you never knew what could come loose or break at that speed, especially with a high centered SUV. Refused to listen. Still alive to this day though. Has a G37X Coupe I'm pretty sure. Hope she drives a bit more cautiously now - even though I haven't spoken to her in almost 2 years, I would still hate to hear she got in an accident and was hurt.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        carfan
        • 2 Years Ago
        you know what the deathtraps are? read allo the toyota recalls, then you can talk deathwish!!
      nickms3
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm shocked that they were actually able to sell 210k of those.
      AJ
      • 2 Years Ago
      Liberty wasn't a really Jeep anyway.
        NastyKnate
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AJ
        the liberty is really a jeep. rwd 4x4 with lots of wrangler in it. dana axles. the patriot and caliber are not jeeps. the rest are
      Buckets81
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think they should be recalled for being the beginning of the neutering of the Jeep brand.
        NastyKnate
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Buckets81
        i have one. what is neutered about it? its a capable off road vehicle. there is a lot of wrangler in that liberty. the front could be a little less bubly. i had a few wrangler owners in it a few weeks back. all commented it drove a lot like theirs. one is even thinking bout getting one
      Stuka87
      • 2 Years Ago
      Everything in the rust belt will rust out though. Its rare to see cars over 15 years old still on the road in those areas. And so long as the continue to poor salt all over the place it will continue to rust out all their vehicles. We have a 2005 Liberty and the frame is still factory black, not a spot of rust on it. But we live on the west coast. There is certainly nothing horribly wrong with the Liberty, their reliability ratings are fairly high. You can't go a 1/4 mile here without seeing 1 or 2 of them as they are great in the snow and a lot smaller than a full size SUV.
      no7mk1
      • 2 Years Ago
      ...when you build junk what do you expect?...
      BG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Odd, don't any of the owners do a thorough underbody wash in spring? When I live in New England, I did that whenever I could.
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      nonyabusiness
      • 2 Years Ago
      Chrysler has NEVER built quality cars!!!
      MR. SANDERS
      • 2 Years Ago
      HELL THEY NEEDS TO TO DO A TOTAL RECALL OF THE 2007 COMMANDERS
        metusmetu
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MR. SANDERS
        'Tis my understanding 2007 Chrysler vehicles have a LIFETIME WARRANTY! What seems to be your problem??!
        Richard
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MR. SANDERS
        What is 'They needs to do'? How about 'They need to do'. Now you know why people do not take you seriously.
      John
      • 2 Years Ago
      I owned a 2006 and at 31,000 while driving down interstate 95 in the morning the entire rear began swaying back and forth. I slowed down thinking I was getting a flat and pulled over. No flats and I began driving. I began to accelerate up to the posted speed and once again as I let off he gas the entire vehicle began to sway as if I was pulling a large trailer in the wind. I exited off the highway and headed back to my dealership. The service manager drove the Liberty and slowed and took it back to the service shop. The dealer replaced the entire rear suspension before they notice the left rear lower control arm was defective. This vehicle was always cleaned after a snow including the under body. When they replaced the lower arm including the entire rear suspension I decided to trade it. This occurred in 2009.
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