The Top 10 Biggest Recalls of 2013


Back in July, we did a midyear check-in on the biggest recalls of 2013 up to that point. Now, six months later, we’re bringing you last year’s final tally, nearly half of which are new to the list.

Latest Recalls

The biggest addition to the list isn't a vehicle recall but a tire recall. In December, about 1.2 million Michelin LTX M/X tires, size LT225/75R16, were recalled. The affected tires were used as original equipment on certain Ford vehicles and as replacement equipment on various-brand commercial light trucks, full-size heavy-duty vans, small recreational vehicles and some large pickup trucks. In affected tires the tread could separate, leading to rapid air loss and possibly leading to a loss of vehicle control.

By Matt Schmitz | January 29, 2014 | Comments (1)

NHTSA: Chrysler Has Until June 18 to Recall Jeeps


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has given Chrysler a deadline of June 18 to formally respond to its request for the recall of 2.7 million model-year 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2002-07 Liberty SUVs, according to the Detroit News. The recall request, due to a problem in the fuel system that could lead to a fire in rear-end crashes, initially was refused by Chrysler; the automaker insists the vehicles meet federal safety standards for fuel-system integrity.

Depending on the automaker's response, NHTSA will decide whether to issue a formal finding and then convene a public hearing, a final step before ordering a recall, the Detroit News reported. The safety agency says Chrysler "contravened industry trends," as well as its own practices in non-Jeep vehicles by placing the fuel tanks in a vulnerable location behind the rear axle. The resulting fires were caused by gas leaking from punctured fuel tanks in rear-end crashes, causing the deaths of 51 people, the Detroit News reported.

By Matt Schmitz | June 10, 2013 | Comments (1)

2014 Jeep Cherokee Video


Yeah, the 2014 Jeep Cherokee — now bowing at the 2013 New York International Auto Show — bears a resemblance to the froggy-faced Nissan Juke. But give Jeep credit for an uncharacteristic departure as it replaces the Liberty with the first Cherokee in a dozen years.

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Those squinty, high-set LED running lights and low-lying headlights aside, reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder observes that the side and rear profiles are as mundane as most SUVs. The automaker keeps things interesting with new innovations: a nine-speed automatic transmission and optional 271-horsepower, 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6. The interior is impressive and tech features abundant, though the claustrophobia-inducing backseat and cargo space fail to honor the "midsize SUV" designation. Watch the video below.

By Matt Schmitz | March 29, 2013 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2002-03 Jeep Liberty, 2002-04 Grand Cherokee

Chrysler is recalling 744,822 model-year 2002 and 2003 Jeep Liberty vehicles and model-year 2002-04 Jeep Grand Cherokees due to a problem with the airbag-control module, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The recall affects Liberty vehicles manufactured between Jan. 9, 2001, and March 28, 2003, and Grand Cherokees manufactured from Feb. 13, 2001, through May 23, 2003. A component in the airbag module could fail, causing the front and side curtain airbags or the seat belt pretensioners to deploy inadvertently while the vehicle is being operated. This increases the risk of an injury.

Chrysler will notify owners in January, and dealers will install a supplemental jumper harness to the airbag-control module at no cost. Owners can contact Chrysler at 800-247-9753 or NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | November 9, 2012 | Comments (5)

Jeep Introduces Rocky Mountain Editions

Chrysler has been promoting its Employee Pricing Plus Plus sale for the past three months as a way to get a new Chrysler, Dodge or Jeep vehicle on the cheap. Today, the company announced a new option package that throws in roughly $2,300 in features for a cost of $1,595. Called the Rocky Mountain Edition, this bundle will be available on the 2009 Jeep Patriot, Liberty and Grand Cherokee later this month.

Chrysler has confirmed that the new special editions will be eligible for the current Employee Pricing Plus Plus sale when they go on sale. However, specific rebate amounts will not be known until they go on sale.

Check out full breakdowns of features for each model below.

By David Thomas | March 16, 2009 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: Jeep Liberty and Dodge Nitro


Chrysler has issued a recall for 3,663 SUVs, including the 2007-08 Dodge Nitro and the 2008 Jeep Liberty. When equipped with a manual transmission, those vehicles may have a faulty parking brake system, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The brake lever clutch drum may distort over time, allowing the parking brake to slip and cause an accident if the vehicle were to roll. Dealers will replace the parking brake lever for free.

Owners can contact Chrysler at 800-853-1403 or the NHTSA hotline at 888-327-4236.

By Stephen Markley | October 22, 2008 | Comments (0)

Video: 2008 Jeep Liberty

2008 Jeep Liberty Video

Two weeks ago I delivered my review of the all-new 2008 Jeep Liberty. Now there’s video proof of me in said SUV. OK, so what does the video prove? Not much, but now you can see for yourself whether my assessment of the new Jeep was on the money or not.

By David Thomas | December 5, 2007 | Comments (1)

Friday Fleet Notes: 11.30.07

Fleetliberty’s notes from our test fleet return after an extended break due to the L.A. auto show and Thanksgiving holiday. That means we had some good impressions built up on a number of recently reviewed cars and SUVs including Chevy's all-new Malibu.

2008 Jeep Liberty

  • I was wowed by the extra-large ragtop sunroof, and the airlock-like sound you get when that top closes. It opened up, letting a lot of sunlight into the car, and gave it a near-convertible feeling. That said, the driving experience left me feeling like I was hovering over the wheels, not really attached to them — just kind of bobbing up and down on the suspension. I didn’t feel directly connected to the road, and there was some pretty noticeable lean in turns. — Patrick Olsen, managing editor
By David Thomas | November 30, 2007 | Comments (0) Reviews the 2008 Jeep Liberty


Jeep’s Liberty SUV was one of the vehicles that spurred the term “cute-ute,” and it was one of the most popular choices in the segment. With a new design for 2008, the Liberty definitely sheds its cute image for a bit more of Jeep’s well-known rock-crawling attitude. I took the Liberty for a week of thorough on-road testing to see if it lives up to the much-beloved SUV it replaces. Check out the review and tell us what you think.

2008 Jeep Liberty Expert Review

By David Thomas | November 19, 2007 | Comments (7)

It's Official: Chrysler Cuts Four Models


Chrysler announced today it will cut four models from its lineup: The Chrysler Crossfire, Pacifica and PT Cruiser convertible, and the Dodge Magnum. The automaker also announced plans to cut some 9,000 jobs at assembly plants that produce a number of other models: the Chrysler 300 and Sebring; Dodge Avenger, Caliber, Charger and Nitro; and the Jeep Commander, Compass, Grand Cherokee, Liberty and Patriot. Though those 11 models – as well as the regular PT Cruiser – will still be sold, expect production to be scaled back. For shoppers, that likely translates to fewer cars with massive discounts clogging showroom floors.

The decision has been coming for several weeks now, with rumors brewing that Chrysler could cut up to five models. The Crossfire and Pacifica have trailed the competition for years, but it’s a shame to see the Magnum go. With the Hemi V-8, it was one fun cruiser. If they’d asked us, we probably would have advised canning the latest Sebring instead – or at the very least taking it back to the drawing board.

Chrysler spokesman David Barnas told us 2008 would be the last year for all four models. That means in about a year’s time there should be some steep discounts to clear the last of them off the lots.

By Kelsey Mays | November 1, 2007 | Comments (12)

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