Chrysler Already Brought Thousands of Car Recalls in 2012, Now Another is Expanding
DETROIT – Although car recalls often happen to many manufacturers, it’s not uncommon to see a few recalls from the same manufacturer in the same month or part of the year. These past few months have seen a few big ones from Chrysler. From Chrysler 300s, Dodge Chargers, Jeep Wranglers, Jeep Compass’ and Jeep Patriots, Chrysler has recalled a few hundred thousand vehicles already.
The newest Chrysler car recalls are actually an extension of another recall that had been launched in March. The original recall included 137,176 Jeep Liberty vehicles for the 2004-2007 model years. The main concern of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) surrounded a fracture of the rear lower control arm. If it does fracture, there’s a possibility of losing vehicle control, which may lead to a vehicle crash.
It seems that after either more research or other inquiries, Chrysler expanded its car recalls to include the 2006 and 2007 model year of the same vehicle. This added an additional 209,724 models to bring the total number of vehicles in the recall to 346,900.
The models that were included in the recall are registered in the northern states where road salts are used to melt snow and ice. The road salts could cause the affected rear suspension to corrode and break.
According to Chrysler, there are no accidents or injuries related to the recall, although, there had been more than five reports about rear lower control arms that had officially fractured, which was the cause for investigation to begin.
Chrysler already made owners aware in March about the first part of the recall, and a second notice may follow very soon. Any owners of the possibly affected vehicles may bring the vehicle to a dealership to get the rear lower control arm replaced.
For any additional information, owners may contact Chrysler at 800-853-1403 or visit www.safercar.gov.
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