Jeep Liberty vehicles ball joint recall initiated to prevent possible accidents and rollovers.

On August 1, 2006 Chrysler Group recalled 832,000 Jeep Liberty sport utility vehicles because of the potential loss of steering control. The front suspension lower ball joint might experience excessive wear and looseness, causing the ball joint to separate. The recall affects all Jeep Liberty SUVs from the 2002-2006 model years.

The Jeep Liberty complaints concern the ball joint failing, which causes the vehicle’s front end to drop onto one or both of the front tires and could result in a rollover accident or wreck.

This is not the first Jeep Liberty recall. Over 300,000 Jeep Liberty were recalled in 2002-2003 Liberty vehicles in November 2003 because of problems with the ball joints.

2003 Jeep Liberty Recall

Manufacturer: DAIMLERCHRYSLER CORPORATION

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 03V460000 Recall Date: NOV 04, 2003

Component: SUSPENSION:FRONT:CONTROL ARM:LOWER BALL JOINT

Potential Number Of Units Affected: 336000

Summary: ON CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, THE LOWER CONTROL ARM BALL JOINTS CAN EXPERIENCE A LOSS OF LUBRICATION THAT CAN LEAD TO CORROSION, ACCELERATED WEAR, AND POSSIBLE SEPARATION FROM THE STEERING KNUCKLE.

Consequence: A BALL JOINT THATHAS SEPARATED FROM THE KNUCKLE COULD RESULT IN LOSS OF VEHICLE DIRECTIONAL CONTROL AND COULD RESULT IN A CRASH.

Remedy: DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE FRONT LOWER CONTROL ARM BALL JOINTS WITH MODIFIED ASSEMBLIES AND HEAT SHIELDS ON VEHICLES BUILT BETWEEN JANUARY 2, 2001 AND OCTOBER 4, 2002. ON VEHICLES BUILT BETWEEN OCTOBER 5, 2002 AND MARCH 26, 2003, DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE BALL JOINT ASSEMBLIES (AND REPLACE THEM AS NECESSARY) AND INSTALL HEAT SHIELDS. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN ON DECEMBER 15, 2003. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT DAIMLERCHRYSLER AT 1-800-992-1997.

Notes: DAIMLERCHRYSLER RECALL NO. C36. CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).

2006 Jeep Liberty Recall

Make: JEEP Model: LIBERTY Year: 2003

Manufacturer: DAIMLERCHRYSLER CORPORATION

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 06V288000 Recall Date: AUG 01, 2006

Component: SUSPENSION:FRONT:CONTROL ARM:LOWER BALL JOINT

Potential Number Of Units Affected: 826687

Summary: ON CERTAIN TRUCKS, THE CONSTANT TENSION FRONT LOWER BALL JOINTS MAY EXPERIENCE CONTAMINATION. IF THE VEHICLE IS OPERATED FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD WITH THIS CONDITION, THE BALL JOINT MAY EVENTUALLY EXPERIENCE WEAR AND LOOSENESS.

Consequence: WHEN THE DRIVER CONTINUES TO OPERATE THE VEHICLE WITH THIS CONDITION, THE CONTAMINATION CAN LEAD TO CORROSION, ACCELERATED WEAR AND POSSIBLY SEPARATION FROM THE STEERING KNUCKLE CAUSING A LOSS OF VEHICLE STEERING CONTROL INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy: DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE FRONT LOWER BALL JOINTS FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2006. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT DAIMLERCHRYSLER AT 1-800-853-1403.

Notes: DAIMLERCHRYSLER RECALL NO. F23. CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.

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