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 |  Jun 11 2012, 12:45 PM

Adding to an already-existant recall, the number of Jeep Liberty SUVs affected is climbing to almost 347,000 because of a problem with the lower control arms in the rear suspension.

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 |  Mar 07 2012, 11:45 AM


Recalls are a norm in the automotive business, but rarely do we hear about a recall that just affects vehicles that are living in certain climates.

Jeep has just announced that it will recall 209,724 units of its Liberty model, built for model year 2004 and 2005. However, the recall is only for States that are considered “Snow Belt” areas.

Why do these Liberty models have a problem with snow?

Because the recall is about rust, and the States that use road salt are more likely to cause a rust issue due to excessive corrosion.

The components that are of concern to Jeep and NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) are the lower control arms, which can crack as a result of corrosion. Such a defect can effect the vehicles handling and could result in a crash.

NHTSA says that 21-States are included in this recall, and Jeep will start notifying and correcting this issue by April of this year. So far, 83 corrosion complaints have been reported, but thankfully no one has been involved in an accident or reported any injuries.

Jeep made a significant design change to the lower control arm in 2004. This part was manufactured by Global Automotive Systems, which is now part of DURA Automotive systems of Rochester Hills, MI.

If your vehicle is potentially affected, expect a letter of recall from Jeep very soon. All the repairs will be done free of charge for the owners of these vehicles. For more info, contact NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236.