By Jennifer Geiger on June 11, 2012
Jeep is expanding an earlier recall of its Liberty SUV to cover 137,176 more vehicles 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. A total of 346,900 vehicles are now being recalled.
The affected vehicles were manufactured from July 3, 2003, through June 29, 2007, 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. You can check your vehicle’s build date on a sticker on the driver-side doorjamb.
Jeep is currently notifying owners, 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