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Chrysler recalls 868K SUVs

by Bill Cawthon on

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Chrysler Group will recall an estimated 867,795 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokees to install a shield that protects their brake boosters from corrosion caused by undue water exposure.

A company investigation into customer comments about excessive brake pedal firmness found certain model year 2011-2014 Durangos and Grand Cherokees have brake boosters with small crimp joints that may be vulnerable to corrosion when exposed to water. If a corroded joint allowed water to enter the booster – a previously unseen occurrence – brake function may be compromised if the water freezes.

Unless ice forms, a booster that exhibits corrosion will deliver brake function in compliance with federal safety standards; all affected vehicles are equipped with a hydraulic boost compensation system that aids performance, even when booster vacuum levels are low. However, customers may experience excessive brake-pedal firmness.

Chrysler Group is aware of one related accident and no injuries.

Chrysler Group dealers will inspect the brake boosters and replace them if their capability has been reduced. All boosters will be equipped with a shield to insulate their crimp joints from water.

The cost of this work will be borne by Chrysler Group.

Affected customers – an estimated 644,354 in the U.S.; 42,380 in Canada; 21,376 in Mexico and 159,685 outside the NAFTA region – will be contacted with instructions to schedule service with Chrysler Group dealers.

Customers who remain concerned may call 1-800-853-1403.

Brake boosters used in current production vehicles feature crimp joints treated with a special coating designed to resist corrosion.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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