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Chrysler Recalls 438,000 Jeep Liberty SUVs and 10,000 Pacifica's

DETROIT, Nov 10, 2003; Reuters reported that Chrysler is recalling about 438,000 Jeep Liberty sport utility vehicles after receiving 47 complaints from customers, some of whom lost control and crashed or had a wheel come off the vehicle due to a problem with the front suspension, the company said on Monday.

Chrysler, a unit of DaimlerChrysler AG said the problem in the front suspension stems from the lower ball joint seal, which could become damaged and eventually result in loss of control.

"There's been some single-car incidents but there's been no accidents or injuries related to it," Chrysler spokeswoman Angela Spencer Ford told Reuters.

As part of the worldwide recall, all of the vehicles will be fitted with a heat shield. About 318,000 will receive new ball joints, and 120,000 vehicles will be inspected.

The recall includes Jeep Libertys from the 2002 model year, as well as 2003 models built before the end of March this year.

Separately, Chrysler is recalling 10,000 of its new Chrysler Pacifica wagons to install a secondary clip to the fuel line to keep it secure. Chrysler spokeswoman Ford said one customer reported that the fuel line could become loose, but the automaker had no reports of any injuries.

The recall on the 2004 model year Pacifica includes those vehicles built before mid-April this year, Ford said.