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 |  Feb 24 2014, 10:02 AM

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Rotting metal doesn’t invoke thoughts of long-term reliability and dependability. But if you’ve found your dream car online, albeit with a few rust spots, should you really turn your back on it? Continue Reading…

 |  Nov 28 2013, 9:02 PM

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Isuzu is recalling 8,816 SUVs spread across the 2003 Rodeo Sport, 2003 to 2004 Rodeo and Axiom because the forward mounting point for the lower link of the rear suspension might corrode.

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 |  Aug 30 2013, 2:45 PM

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Ford is recalling about 370,000 of its Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car full-size sedans.

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 |  May 07 2013, 9:32 AM

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Roughly 100,000 Ford and Mercury minivans might be added to a recall announced earlier this year.

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 |  Mar 21 2013, 11:19 AM

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After the purchase of any new car, an opportunity to rust-proof arises. Should you do it, or is it just a waste of money?
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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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 |  Apr 27 2012, 7:02 PM

After a series of complaints about seats failing to latch properly in 2004 Ford Windstars and Mercury Monterey minivans, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is upgrading its inquiry of the 63,000 vans from an investigation to an engineering analysis.

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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.

 |  Apr 25 2011, 12:17 PM

NHTSA is investigating some 370,000 Jeep Liberty SUVs due to potential rust issues involving the lower control arms. NHTSA has recieved 9 complaints so far regarding rear control arm failure due to corrosion, with two of the incidents occurring at speeds greater than 50 mph.

The Liberty has faced three previous recalls, in 2003 and 2006, totaling over 1 million vehicles. Corrosion issues, as well as ball joint failure, have plagued the Liberty throughout its life span. Chrysler was not available for comment.

[Source: Detroit News]