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The product recall of Jeep Liberty SUVs was expanded to nearly 350,000 vehicles over the summer.  In March 2011, 200,000 SUVs from the 2004 and 2005 model years were recalled. The expanded recall affects 2006 and 2007 model years. Recalled vehicles were manufactured between July 3, 2003 and June 29, 2007.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the lower control arms in the rear suspension of the vehicles can corrode excessively, causing them to weaken and break, leading to a loss of control and potential motor vehicle accident.

The corrosion problem appears to exist primarily in areas where salt is used to clear roads during the winter. The recalled vehicles were sold or registered in Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan, New York, and Washington D.C.

When the recall was originally announced earlier this year, Jeep said that it had received no reports of actual problems.  Since that time, eight complaints have been reported. Owners of recalled vehicles will be notified and asked to bring their vehicles into a dealership for inspection and repair.’

Clark, Perdue & List is dedicated to investigating potential product liability claims arising out of defective automobiles and other products.  For more information, contact the Ohio product liability attorneys at Clark, Perdue & List. 

Source: NBC News Bottomline, “Jeep Liberty SUV recall upped to nearly 350,000,” Paul A. Eisenstein, June 11, 2012.