Posted on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 at 1:56 pm
Fiat Chrysler announced it is recalling more than 700,00 Dodge and Jeep SUVs to address a defective installation on brake-booster shields. As a result of the improper installation, these shields may have allowed water to intrude into the brake-booster which could cause corrosion and freezing. This could cause a degraded brake function according to Fiat Chrysler.
The recall covers Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs in model years 2011-2014. Approximately 646,000 of the vehicles are located in the US with the remaining vehicles being located in Canada and Mexico.
Fiat Chrysler said that it has identified 1 crash that was possibly related to the defect. However, thus far, Fiat Chrysler reports no injuries being linked to the defect.
Possible signs of trouble as a result of this defective installation include “excessive brake-pedal firmness” and potentially a warning light or activation of anti-lock brakes. Fiat Chrysler had previously tried to fix the defect in 2014 by installing the shields, but some of the shields were improperly installed according to Fiat Chrysler. Pursuant to the recall, Fiat will inspect the vehicles to see if the shields were improperly installed. If the brake-shield was improperly installed, the dealers will repair them for free.
Source: An article appearing in usatoday.com on October 3, 2017 entitled “Fiat Chrysler Recall: 700,000 Jeep, Dodge SUVs May Need Brake Fix” by Nathan Bomey.