Products manufactured according to substandard standards may inadvertently cause extensive injury or death to its owner, says Alabama liability attorney Keith T. Belt .
The 209,724 Liberties were built from July 3, 2003 through July 14, 2005 and were originally bought in and now are registered in Salt Belt states, defined by NHTSA as 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 Washington, D.C. You can find the build date on the plate by the drive door.
The problem is that some are fitted with rear lower control arms that can rust through and break, causing a loss of control of the vehicle and a potential crash. Chrysler has had a series of problems with the suspension system of the Liberty. In 2006, the automaker recalled about 827,000 from the 2002-6 model years because the front lower ball joints could fail, possibly leading to a loss of steering.
Chrysler described the recall of the rear lower control arms as voluntary, but once a manufacturer is aware of a safety problem it has no choice but to contact the agency within five days about the problem and its plan for a recall. Chrysler says in its documents that it has 83 complaints of control arm fractures, but that it knows of no accidents or injuries.