Chrysler is recalling approximately 61,400 model year 2007-2008 Dodge Nitro 4X2 vehicles and 2008 Jeep Liberty 4X2 vehicles.
The transfer case heat shield may drop down and rub on the drive shaft, weakening it and potentially causing the drive shaft to break.
If the drive shaft breaks, a section of it can strike the transfer case tunnel with enough force that the airbag computer will believe the vehicle is in a crash and thus suddenly deploy the airbags.
Additionally, the drive shaft failure will result in a loss of motive power. Either condition may increase the risk of a crash.
Chrysler will notify the owners of all affected Nitro and Liberty vehicles, and Chrysler dealers will add a bracket to support the rear of the heat shield, free of charge.
The Dodge Nitro vehicles included in this recall were manufactured from March 21, 2006 through March 1, 2008. The recalled Jeep Liberty vehicles were manufactured from February 15, 2007 through March 1, 2008.
For further information on this recall, contact Chrysler toll-free at 800-247-9753. Chrysler's campaign ID number for this recall is N10.