Another 137,176 Jeep Liberty models were added to a suspension recall today, bringing the total number of recalled vehicles to 346,900. Originally, Jeep announced the recall back on June 2 and that one encompassed 209,724 Liberty vehicles produced for the 2004 and 2005 model years. Now, the expanded recall includes Liberty vehicles produced for the 2006 and 2007 model year as well.
The rear suspension lower control arm is at the root of the problem. Many have corroded to the point where the component it can break apart completely. This spells trouble for the driver and other vehicle occupants as the Liberty will be near impossible to control resulting in an accident. Vehicles normally have several control arms (both upper and lower) which are in the form of a letter “A,” are a part that makes up the suspension. Control arms attach suspension parts to the chassis and help control the motion of the wheels as they move up and down over bumps. This just means the control arms keep your vehicle in check and don’t make you feel car sick from the ride.
Jeep Liberty models produced from July 3, 2003 through June 29, 2007 are believed to be affected by this recall. However, this recall is aimed specifically at Liberty models 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. These states utilize road salt when winter weather strikes, and these salts can corrode these control arms and other vehicle parts beyond repair.
As a solution, Chrysler will contact owners of Jeep Liberty models believed to be at risk and a dealership will replace the rear control arms free of charge. The safety recall originally began back on March 26, 2012 and concerned owners can contact Chrysler directly at (800) 853-1403. Concerned owners can also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration directly at (888) 327-4236 and reference campaign ID number 12V085000 or action number EA11013.