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Recall: 137,000 More Jeep Libertys for Suspension Fracture

Nearly 347,000 SUVs are now affected.

By Clifford Atiyeh Jun 11, 2012 7:23AM
2007 Jeep Liberty (c) evoxChrysler is recalling an additional 137,000 Jeep Liberty SUVs for a rear lower control arm that can rust and fracture, according to a filing from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

A potential fracture of the arm could cause a "decrease in rear suspension stability," which could cause a skid or crash. Jeep dealers will replace the control arms, whether rusted or not, on all affected vehicles starting in July. Customers can call Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403 for more details.

In March, Chrysler recalled nearly 210,000 Liberty models from 2004 and 2005 but has since found that other Liberty models from 2006 and 2007 are also at risk. The total affected vehicle count, composed only of those sold or registered in "Salt Belt" states and Washington, D.C., comes to 346,900 units. Honda also recalled 1,300 CR-V models in March for a front lower control arm that could break at the welds.

[Source: NHTSA.]

Jun 11, 2012 8:51AM
We bought a jeep new in 1997, it just bit the dust last month with 360,000 miles on it!! No major repairs for the life of the jeep.. Frankly I think when people say jeeps are crap its probably because they drove the crap out of it . We've had 2 other jeeps in our life time and both were excellent vehicles!!
Jun 11, 2012 9:03AM
 I bought a Jeep Grand Cherokee Larado in 05 (used - it's an 03)and have loved it.  I've put 100,000 miles on it and it has been dependable and low cost maintenance.  I've had Ford's, Chevy's and Pontiac's and my family has had various other makes and models of vehicles.  I have always taken care of my vehicles and have not had a problem for the most part other than normal wear and tear items.  A friend of mine bought a Jeep because of mine and has nothing but glowing reports about hers.  Any mfr can have bad vehicles - no one is perfect  - but I believe if you maintain your vehicle properly most will last and be dependable.  I purposely don't buy new vehicles especially new models that come out as there are always bugs that have to be worked out.
Jun 11, 2012 9:04AM
You guys are idiots! I have own two Jeep Cherokees and they were wonderful. I could take them anywhere off rode and they ran great. When things did go wrong they were little parts that were inexpensive and easy to fix. My only down fall was MPG. Besides that I would own another one anyday.
Jun 11, 2012 9:03AM
I don't believe all the bad-mouthing of Chrysler products. I've owned nothing but Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep products since 1961 and I've been more than happy with all of them. It's all in how well-maintained they are. If you never change the oil, never follow the manufacturer's maintenance recommends, and drive the crap out of them, well of course they're going to break down. I owned a Ford once and it was the worst car I've ever owned. I broke down earlier this year and bought a brand new Ford Ranger and it's been in the shop twice already for major repairs. And all the car companies have recalls. Toyota,Audi,  Honda and some of the other foreign companies have had some Doozies during the past couple of years. Notice that this recall was because of salt on the roads. The problem is with the states that insist on salting the roads, not with the Jeeps. My 2005 Jeep Liberty is in perfect condition because we have no need for salt on the roads here.  Get a life. Cars are machines and machines break down if they're used.
Jun 11, 2012 9:36AM
Owner of a 96 - Laredo - Rugged to a fault. Owned a 2004 Grand Cherokee - Nice, but too nice, not as rugged. Own a 2011 Grand Cherokee - Limited - Very nice, refined, but a Jeep. Great in the Idaho Mountains. I'm a fan - Good, well built vehicles.
Jun 11, 2012 9:38AM

I love my jeep liberty! 279,000 plus miles on it and it has never once broken down!


Jun 11, 2012 12:18PM
Yeah, like it's just Jeeps that have problems.  There is another article here on MSN Autos about the Toyota RAV-4 being investigated for rear tie-rod failure due to rusting, and the Honda Pilot is being investigated because the stability control system malfunctions causing steering failure and the brakes applying without driver input.

I WISH the foreign junk I've owned was as reliable and durable as the three Jeeps I've owned over the years.  My current one is about to turn over 200,000 miles. 
Jun 11, 2012 9:50AM
I bought a new 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, and I have loved it!  It has low miles, just turned 40,000 and the only problems have been the brake rotors which the dealer keeps telling me that nothing is wrong with them, apparantly its an ongoing problem with these Jeeps,.... the drivers door wiring harness has had broken wires, which cause the inside lights not to turn off and the power door locks and windows won't work, but I learned how to repair this myself....and I hatehatehate the headlights, shortly after it was purchased, they were so foggy looking from oxidation that they were white, not clear. But this is also something I have fixed myself.  Other than those minor problems, its the best vehicle I have ever owned, no other problems at all...Still runs and drives and looks new.  
Jun 16, 2012 9:54AM
Tthere is a recall for rust in the rear suspension on my Daughter in Laws 2005 Jeep Libery. Jeep has applied the recall only to states who salt  roads during the winter which seems ridicoulous. We live in Colorado and beleive it or not this is not a state that is covered even though we get in excess of 23 feet of snow every winter. Of course Colorado uses Magnesium Chloride for road de icing instead of salt,  Wyoming, Utah, Kansas and Nebraska which are neighboring states use salt.  Do they assume Jeeps are incapable of wandering  from the state they are registered in?  Defective is defective Chrsyler recall them all.  How many people should die before it warrants replacing the parts on all Liberty's?
Jun 11, 2012 9:50AM

When you know how they are built you will buy something else, doesnt make any difference what brand it is! Nothing is like it used to be or built to last...... now they want them to break down so you buy something new to keep them in business!


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