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Chrysler Group Recalls 209,724 Jeep Liberty Models

Chrysler Group is recalling nearly 210,000 Jeep Liberty SUVs from the 2004 and 2005 model years that were sold or are currently registered in certain cold weather states. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, these compact SUVs may have rust damage that could cause the rear lower control arm to fracture. If the control arm fractures, the driver may lose control of the car and get into an accident.

NHTSA received 13 complaints saying that corrosion damaged the right or left rear lower control arm. Chrysler Group received 11 similar complaints. According to Inside Line, Chrysler Group “said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries due to the defect.”

The recall focuses on Jeep Liberty models in 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 the District of Columbia.

Chrysler dealers will replace the control arms for free if the car was originally sold or is registered in one of these states. If you have questions, contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403 or NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236. The recall should begin by the end of April.

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