Notes: On August 16th, 2012 Jeep stopped production of the the Jeep Liberty, marking the end of a troublesome journey for the SUV.

All in all, the 2012 Liberty actually excels off-road, but since 99% of drivers never take this thing off pavement, that becomes somewhat of a moot point. The Liberty suffers from the worst fuel economy in its class (16/22 MPG) and offers an uncomfortable ride with suspect braking ability.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
168,429 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2012 Jeep Liberty brakes problems

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2012 Jeep Liberty Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 162016


  • 740,000 miles


"takata recall" this vehicle is a saftey hazzard unsafe due to ABS notification system and causing brakes to drag and lock up. I purchased this vehicle at a so called 5 star Chrysler Jeep dealership and it was put on the lot with bad breaks that where metal to metal and a bad electrical system. I had to purchase new breaks which are being damaged due to ABS malfunction causing the hit an miss causing the breaks to over work against the rotar drag and lock up. I was coming home on hwy and had to apply my breaks the break light came on and my breaks locked and I swerve off road to keep from rear ending another vehicle and shut off engine. This is a safety issue vehicle is unsafe and should not have been sold without breaks and electrical system being checked out.

- Vero Beach, FL, USA

problem #4

Jul 182015


  • 38,900 miles
I started off by driving down hill on highway 40. All vehicle lights lit up on dashboard, enging stalled, no brakes or steering. I shifted the vehicle to neutral and was able to come to a stop on the shoulder of the road when the vehicle started up the next hill. No turns, the road was straight. Turned the key off and restarted the vehicle, and the Jeep ran fine. Later that day in a parking lot, the same thing happened. Started the vehicle, started to pull out of the parking lot, all of the dashboard lights came on, the engine stalled and had no brakes or steering. Placed the vehicle in neutral until the Jeep came to a stop, turned the key off, then restarted the vehicle and the Jeep ran ok until we got home.

- Mckeesport, PA, USA

problem #3

Aug 072014

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 26,000 miles
This is not the first time this issue has occurred but I can't remember the dates but it is on record at the dealership. We have had this 2012 Jeep Liberty in the shop two other times with the same complaint but with the same results (nothing) !!!!!!!!!!when driving on wet roads and going into curves even at slow speeds (35 mph) when applying the brakes, the front brakes will lock up and the back brakes are not catching... causing the Jeep back end to slide around, , so we tried stopping on a level gravel lot and the front wheels will lock up but the back wheels will keep turning. We have had it to tim short Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge in hazard, ky and one mechanic says that there is clearly something wrong but another states that he test drove another like vehicle and this vehicle does same. And that he talked with star and roland and both stated that this is normal operation. No codes, no problem found at this time. So I received a statement with the signature of mechanic [xxx] (service manager) and [xxx] (general manager). This is very dangerous and if this in "normal operations" then something needs to be changed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! please help, ,, has there been any other complaints with this same problem? information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Hazard, KY, USA

problem #2

Jun 172014

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 37,246 miles
I feel it important to make others aware of what was just found to be wrong with my 2012 Jeep Liberty. The red brake light indicator came on and stayed on, the emergency brake was not on at the time. Took the car to our trusted local mechanic and once the car was place up on the rack and tires removed you could see the problem. The front brake line is situated in such a way that it hits against the struts every time the wheel is turned. Creating a very dangerous situation, the brake line could be severed at anytime causing immediate brake failure. The car was purchased as a certified used vehicle with the understanding that it had completed the point check and that we were placing our new driver in a safe vehicle. Very disappointing to find out otherwise. Jeep/Chrysler is being very unresponsive to this major safety issue. Not only is this a safety issue but it could have resulted in the loss of lives. Very angry!

- Laguna Niguel, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 072014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact received a notification for recall NHTSA campaign id number 14V154000 (service brake, service brakes, hydraulic). However, the contact was not able to have the vehicle serviced under the recall because the part needed was unavailable to perform the repair. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Arlington, TX, USA

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