2004-2005 Jeep Liberty: Recall Alert

March 7, 2012

Chrysler is conducting a voluntary safety recall campaign of certain 2004-2005 model year Jeep Liberty SUVs over concerns about corrosion that could lead to loss of vehicle control.

A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration site (NHTSA) lists the number of potential affected units at 209,724. Affected vehicles were manufactured from July 3, 2003 through July 14, 2005.

2004 Jeep Liberty Limited

2004 Jeep Liberty Limited

The Jeep Liberty recall involves those vehicles that were originally sold in or are currently registered in NHTSA-defined “salt belt” states, as follows:

-      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

The problem

At issue is the rear lower control arm that can experience rear suspension lower control arm fracture as a result of excessive corrosion or rust.

Fracture of the rear lower control arm may result in the driver’s loss of vehicle control, which, in turn, may lead to a vehicle crash.

Documentation from Chrysler indicates that the company is aware of 83 reports of fractures from rust in the vehicles but it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the issue.

What Chrysler will do

Chrysler will notify owners of affected 2004 and 2005 Jeep Liberty SUVs and dealers will replace the rear lower control arms on all vehicles originally sold in or currently registered in the NHTSA-defined salt belt states. The repairs will be provided at no charge. Owners of vehicles involved in the safety recall who have already had their vehicles repaired for this problem will be eligible for reimbursement, the procedure for which will be explained in the owner notification letter from Chrysler.

The Chrysler safety recall campaign is expected to begin by the end of April, 2012.

In the meantime, owners of 2004-2005 Jeep Liberty SUVs with any questions or concerns may contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403.  Reference the Chrysler safety recall campaign number L27.

Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact the NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov.  Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 12V085000.

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