According to a Chrysler news release
, the models being recalled are 2004-2005 Jeep® Liberty SUVs due to a potential problem of excessive corrosion. The manufacture dates for the recalled SUVs are July 3, 2003 through July 14, 2005.
If this were to occur, the vehicle is at risk for weakened components and potential fractures in the rear lower control arms, resulting in "decreased rear suspension stability", Chrysler said.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA) in the U.S., the affected vehicles were sold, or are currently registered in the "salt states."
“The excessive corrosion is a result of extended exposure to road salt, which is why the campaign is limited to vehicles originally sold or currently registered in "salt belt" states as defined by the NHSTA,” said David Dillon, Head of Product Investigation and Campaigns, Chrysler Group LLC, in the company's statement.
In the United States, 209,746 vehicles are affected, about 24,000 in Canada, and 32,000 globally, reported Detroit News
No injuries or car accidents have been reported that are related to this potential safety issue, the company said, but with the increased risk of stability, this could raise the risk of crash. Detroit News did note the company said it was aware of 83 reports of rust.
Newer Jeep Liberty SUVs are not affected because the manufacturer made some "significant" changes in design to the rear control arm in 2004.
In the U.S., "Salt states" include Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Washington D.C. is also included.
NHTSA noted Chrysler will notify Jeep Liberty owners by the end of April 2012, and dealers will replace the part in question at no cost to the consumer. Those owners who already had the rear lower control arm fixed will be reimbursed, reported CNN
Consumers with concerns or questions can call Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403, the recall number is L27. Information can also be obtained through calling NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or by visiting www.safercar.gov