USA: Chrysler recalling Jeep Liberty, new Pacifica crossover - report

By just-auto.com editorial team | 10 November 2003

Chrysler Group on Friday said it is recalling 318,000 Jeep Liberties [sold as the Cherokee abroad] because of a problem with the suspension that could cause drivers to lose control, Associated Press (AP) reported, adding that the company also is recalling 10,000 of the recently-launched 2004 Chrysler Pacifica crossovers to repair loose fuel line connections.

Chrysler spokeswoman Angela Ford told AP no injuries have been reported in connection with the defects.

Chrysler reportedly said the lower ball joint seal in 2002 and some 2003 Jeep Liberties is wearing away, which could affect the vehicle's suspension and, in addition to the 318,000 recalls, Chrysler plans to investigate 120,000 other 2003 Jeep Liberties to make sure they aren't affected.

Spokeswoman Ford told Associated Press that Chrysler started an internal investigation after getting 10 complaints about lower ball joint failures while the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received eight complaints about the Jeep Liberty's lower ball joints, including several that failed on new vehicles.

Ford reportedly said the recall is not related to NHTSA's ongoing investigation of upper ball joint failures on the Dodge Durango - NHTSA said earlier this year that it has received 81 complaints in that case, which involves Durangos made between 1998 and 2002.

"The Liberty and the Durango have totally different design and suspension," Ford told AP.