April 18, 2002

Jeep lowers ride height of Liberty

Reuters news agency reports that DaimlerChrysler is lowering the ride height of the Jeep Liberty sport utility vehicle after two auto magazines, Autoweek and the German magazine, Auto Bild, reported high-speed cornering stability problems during their road tests.

DaimlerChrysler is lowering the Liberty’s front suspension by 22 millimetres and the rear suspension by 19 millimetres.

Recently, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Liberty two stars out of five for rollover propensity, which means that it has a 30 percent to 40 percent chance of rolling over in a single vehicle accident. That compares to a three star rating for many of its competitors, such as the Ford Escape and the Toyota RAV4.

DaimlerChrysler is not recalling older Libertys, and says the Liberty design is safe.

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