Rust Corrosion on Jeeps Investigated Further by NHSTA

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On the heels of a consistent string of recalls during the last few weeks, where foreign car makers called back over 800,000 vehicles for various defects, another large one is looming, this time from America’s Jeep (under the Chrysler umbrella). Although the approximately 200,000 Jeep Liberty Sport Utility Vehicles in question have not been recalled yet by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA), the agency announced that it was upgrading its examination of the vehicles for potentially severe rusting problems.

The Traffic Safety Administration is looking at 2004 to 2005 model year cars. This is in addition to a previous examination of rusting problems with cars from the 2002 to 2005 model years. The NHSTA said there were 22 incident reports involving vehicle rust, and three accounts of a malfunction of the bottom control arm due to corrosion resulting in an erosion of steering control. Every one of the reports originated from states that have cold winters with snow and salt exposure. Finally, although Jeep reported as many as 95 warranty claims as a result of the problem, the carmaker is unaware of any related accidents or injuries.

If you think your car is a lemon on account of unexplained rust or some other type of non-repairable defect, contact consumer advocate and California lemon lawyer Howard D. Silver at 1-(855) 341-2611 for a free consultation today.