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Three-wheeled Jeep Liberty's? Recall for Possible Wheel Loss

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A recall oddity. . . Jeeps are being recalled due to possible loss of the rear wheel. Chrysler is recalling approximately 210,000 2004-05 Jeep Liberties because the lower control arms that keep the rear wheels in place may break. Not a happy thought if you drive one of these Jeep Liberties which were built from July 3, 2003 through July 14, 2005 and sold in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Unfortunately, some of the Jeep Liberties—it is not clear how many—have “rear lower control arms that can rust through and break, causing a loss of control of the vehicle and a potential crash,” according to Fred Meier’s article in USA Today’s Drive On section, March 7, 2012.

Chrysler says there are 83 complaints of “control arm fractures,” but is unaware of any accidents or injuries that may have been caused by the problem. The recall is scheduled to begin the end of April 2012. Chrysler owners and consumers may obtain additional information from Chrysler by calling the company at 1-800-853-1403; consumers may also call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s safety hotline on 1-888-327-4236.

At this writing, no additional information is presently available on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website http://www.nhtsa.gov or http://www.safercar.gov and both sites will be taken offline this evening, March 10, 2012.] Additional information on this recall should become available on the NHTSA’s websites in the near future.

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  1. Marjie says:
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    I was driving my 2004 Jeep Liberty when the rear lower control arm busted in may 2011. I had just taken 2 long road trips to visit my son in the Marine Corps. Thank God I wasn’t on the highway!! Fortunately I was slowing down to stop in a residential neighborhood. I was going approx. 20 miles per hour when it broke and I completely lost control. When inspected at the repair shop, the other side had rust and cracks so I had them replace both sides. Chrysler IS reimbursing me for the repairs.

  2. Greg Webb says:
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    Marjie,

    Thank you for commenting with a real world example. I am glad no one was injured and that Chrysler/Jeep is handling the repair costs. That could have been a disaster.

    Greg Webb