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.