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Jeep Liberty SUVs Investigated for Loss of Control

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Office of Defects Investigation is investigating about 200,000 Jeep Liberty SUVs from the 2004 and 2005 model years for a potential loss of vehicle control.

NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation received 13 owner complaints reporting “failure of either the right or left rear lower control arm due to excessive corrosion” in states with winter weather and heavy road salt use. NHTSA says that Chrysler also received 11 complaints for the same problem, reporting failure of a rear lower control arm, which is part of the rear suspension, from excessive rust. Three owners complained of losing control of their vehicle due to this failure.

“Chrysler told NHTSA there are no reports of crashes or injuries, but said up to 95 warranty claims may be related to the issue,” The Detroit News reports.

The Jeep Liberty was investigated for the same problem starting in April, and the ODI investigation included almost 400,000 SUVs from as far back as model year 2002. NHTSA “now only believes about 200,000 vehicles from the 2004-2005 model years face the extreme rust problems in winter weather,” the Detroit Free Press reports.

If you own one of the affected Jeep Liberty’s, visit NHTSA’s website for more information. If the investigation leads to a recall, Chrysler will notify owners to come to the dealership to get their SUV fixed. NHTSA’s campaign number is EA11013.

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