Chrysler Group LLC announced it is recalling about 266,000 Jeep Liberty SUVs worldwide over rust concerns in rear suspension components.
Chrysler said it is recalling 209,724 Liberty models made between 2004 and 2005 in U.S. states that use road salt because excessive corrosion can cause the rear lower control arms in the suspension system to crack. The recall also includes about 24,000 vehicles in Canada and 32,000 in the rest of the world, Chrysler spokesman Vince Muniga said.
That could raise the risk of a crash, Chrysler said.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation into the 2002-05 Jeep Liberty over corrosion issues in April and upgraded its probe to an engineering analysis in September, focusing its investigation on 2004-05 models in states that use road salt during the winter.
NHTSA says 21 states — including Michigan — are part of the “salt belt.”
Chrysler said it’s aware of 83 reports of fractures from rust in the vehicles but said it is not aware of any crashes or injuries.
Chrysler will notify owners by next month and replace the rear lower control arms. The models being recalled were built between July 2004 and July 2005.
News Source: Detroit News