My sister has a 1995 Chevy Lumina. The vehicle sometimes make a creaking or groaning noise during turning or driving over bumpy surfaces. There is a metal bar near the driver's side rear wheel that has apparently rusted and broken. I am not quite positive what the bar is; however, when I tried grabbing the tire and moving it back and forth, there seemed to be far too much movement forward and backward movement for my liking. Unfortunately, I am quite ignorant about the suspension systems of vehicles.
What is the name of the part that has broken and is it dangerous to drive without?