The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has stepped up an investigation involving the Chrysler Jeep Liberty after receiving more reports of rear lower control arm failures, according to news sources.
The investigation began last April and the NHTSA has received 13 total complaints about the defective lower control arm. Three of the drivers reported losing control of the vehicle, but no crashes occurred as a result. The agency is examining vehicles from the 2002-2005 model years. About 370,000 Jeeps are involved in the investigation.
All of the complaints were in regards to models from the 2004-2005 years in states that have extreme weather that requires road salt, according to the NHTSA. After Chrysler reported they made changes in 2004 to the rear suspension, the NHTSA has refocused their investigation on the 2004-2005 model years.
As a product liability lawyer in Los Angeles, I’m glad to hear that the government is investigating this issue and I hope they come to conclusions before anyone is injured. If you have ever been involved in a crash as a result of a faulty car part, I recommend you contact a personal injury lawyer to help you proceed with your case. Remember, the law limits the amount of time you can file a claim, so contact a product defect lawyer as soon as possible.