If you own a Jeep liberty, I suggest that you go to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website to search their database for the latest safety defects and recalls.
I happened to be on the site because I was checking the latest investigation on another potential recall and found out that the 2003 Jeep Liberty that I own, has been the subject of a couple of recalls. What concerns me is that in the time that I’ve owned the Jeep, I was never notified of the recalls.
Two Recent Jeep Liberty Recalls
The most recent recall in 2009 involves the front control arm upper ball joint. This recall involves Jeep Liberty model years 2002 and 2003. According to the NHTSA website, this recall is to “remedy a defect that can result in upper ball joint separation while driving (09V-119).”
Prior to that, in 2006 there was another recall for the front control arm: lower ball joint. This recall affects Jeep Liberty model years 2002 through 2006. The defect can result in a separation from the steering knuckle.
You don’t have to be a mechanic to understand that these are two serious conditions and if you have a Jeep Liberty that is affected by this condition you should call your local Jeep dealer and have a ball joints replaced.
Chrysler Recall Notification Process
I am not familiar with the notification process that Chrysler uses to alert their car owners to recalls, but I know for a fact that we were not notified. If it weren’t for my snooping around on the Internet researching other recalls, I wouldn’t have known that I’ve been driving around in a vehicle with defective parts that could lead to a tragic situation.
Words of Advice
Whether you have a brand-new or a used car, every once in awhile go to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website to see what’s cooking with your vehicle.