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Chrysler Recalls 210,000 Jeep Liberty SUVs

March 7, 2012 by staff 

Chrysler Recalls 210,000 Jeep Liberty SUVs, Chrysler said it would recall almost 210,000 of its 2004-5 Jeep Liberty sport utility vehicles because rust could cause a rear suspension component to break, according to document filed early Wednesday on the Web site of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The recall follows an investigation by the safety agency that began almost a year ago, generated by complaints from owners who said that rear lower control arms were fracturing.

The automaker said it was aware of 83 such failures, but did not know of any accidents because of the rust condition. Some owners told N.H.T.S.A. that though they didn’t crash, they lost control of their vehicles.

Chrysler convinced the agency that a nationwide recall was not necessary. Instead, the recall covers 19 states that rely heavily on road salt during the winter months. They are Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin, as well as Washington, D.C.

Consumer advocates criticize such actions, commonly known as regional recalls, because vehicles are often moved from region to region. Drivers consequently might miss a free safety repair because automakers are allowed by the agency to conduct regional recalls. The agency has disagreed with this assessment.

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