What Caused The Jeep's 325,000 Liberty Recall and How Dealers Will Fix It
FCA just announced a voluntary recall for its once popular Jeep Liberty. The recall affects 325,000 2004-2007 Jeep Liberty SUVs. The models are no longer being produced.
What is Causing the Recall
According to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the vehicles may develop problems with their rear lower control arms. Water may get trapped in the mechanism and the lower rear arms can rust and possibly develop cracks or break. Losing the rear control arm would make it difficult for driver to control the Jeep.
FCA is aware of one potentially related accident but no injuries.
When it debuted in 2002, The Jeep Liberty was considered a trail blazer in the mid-size sport utility vehicle segment. Despite its smaller size, it was still considered an off-road vehicle. Jeep was particularly proud of the vehicles’ qualification as trail-rated. In a press release about the 2007 model, the company said, “The Jeep Trail Rated badge on the 2007 Jeep Liberty verifies that the vehicle has been designed to perform in a variety of challenging off-road conditions identified by five key off-road performance categories: traction, ground clearance, maneuverability, articulation and water fording.”
How Dealers Will Fix the Problem
According to FCA, the Jeep Libertys will be repaired free of charge and dealers should have all of the material needed to fix them by next month. Customers should be notified when service is available. You can also check with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about the recall. NHTSA is able to track recalls by checking your vehicle identification number or VIN.
The recall affects 239,904 Jeep Liberty SUVs in the U.S. It also includes 49,712 vehicles in Mexico and another 36,199 vehicles outside of North America.
Customers with additional concerns may contact their dealers or call the FCA US Recall Information Center at (800)-853-1403.