Having a car recalled by the automaker over corrosion concerns isn’t exactly on top of the main issues owners today would expect to deal with. However, that’s exactly what Chrysler has stumbled upon, after identifying issues caused by corrosion in over 200,000 SUVs.
In focus are 209,724 Chrysler’s Jeep Liberty sport utility vehicles that are being recalled by Chrysler over concerns that some parts have been affected by excessive corrosion caused by road salt. The issue at hand seems to be so significant that if unaddressed it might cause the driver difficulty in keeping the car under control.
The documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration read that Jeep Liberty SUVs models from years 2004 and 2005 are at fault for carrying corrosion impacted rear lower control arms. Although, the parts are at risk of fracture, Chrysler said that so far it hadn’t been notified of an accident caused by that so far, but it does have a record of about 83 complaints of control arms that fractured.
The 2004 – 2005 Jeep Liberty SUVs that will be recalled have been sold or registered in the following states: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Washington D.C. These 21 states have been called by Chrysler the “salt belt states”.
The recall operation will begin sometime in April. The data in the documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration mention a term at the end of April. The administration also added that it will undertake a preliminary investigation of the corrosion problem the same month.
The summary of the recall documents reads: “Some vehicles may be equipped with rear lower control arms that can experience a rear suspension lower control arm fracture due to excessive corrosion”. The risk the fracture carries is significant enough as pointed out in the summary: “may result in a loss of vehicle control and may lead to a vehicle crash”.
Owners will be notified by Chrysler starting April. The dealers will take action to replace the faulty rear lower control arms. For more information call Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403.