By Jennifer Geiger on March 7, 2012
Chrysler Group is recalling 209,724 model-year 2004 and 2005 versions of the Jeep Liberty SUV due to problems with the rear suspension control arm, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Excessive corrosion could cause the lower control arm to fracture in certain vehicles, leading to a possible loss of vehicle control.
The affected vehicles 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.
Jeep will notify owners starting in late April, and dealers will replace the affected parts free of charge. Owners can call Chrysler at 800-853-1403 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.
Assistant Managing Editor Jennifer Geiger is a reviewer, car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats, many of them while driving a minivan. Email Jennifer