The Atlanta Business News is reporting that Chrysler has issued a recall of approximately 200,000 Jeep Libertys. The reason for this recall is that an important part could malfunction and cause a car accident.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that the recall covers specific 2004 and 2005 model year Jeep Libertys that were built between July 2003 and July 2005. The Jeep Libertys were first sold, or are now registered in, twenty cold weather states including Washington, D.C.
Snow crews in those states customarily utilize salt to melt snow and ice after a winter storm. Salt can cause vehicle corrosion. The National Highway Safety Administration indicates that the Jeep Libertys that are the subject of the recall may have rear lower control arms that could break as due to salt corrosion and lead to an accident.
The National Highway Safety Administration was apparently convinced by Chrysler that a nationwide recall was not necessary and to limit the recall to 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. These are the states where road salt is normally utilized to break up ice and melt snow.