Originally created 08/04/06

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Libertys recalled

WASHINGTON - Chrysler Group is recalling more than 800,000 Jeep Liberty sport utility vehicles because of the potential loss of steering control.

DaimlerChrysler AG spokesman Max Gates said Tuesday that the front suspension lower ball joint could experience excessive wear and looseness, leading the ball joint to separate. The recall affects 832,000 Libertys from the 2002-06 model years.

Mr. Gates said motorists reported that the ball joint failed, dropping the vehicle's front end onto one or both of the front tires.

The front suspension has troubled the Liberty before. The automaker recalled more than 300,000 2002-03 Libertys in 2003 because of problems with the ball joint, but some of the parts were damaged during the shipping process or installation.

Owners will receive notices about the recall in September, and the ball joints will be replaced at no cost.

- Associated Press


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