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Chrysler Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango Recalled for Brake Issue

Tina Robinson3 years ago

Chrysler has recently announced the recall of approximately 850,000 SUVs due to a brake issue. The recall affects model years 2011-2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango, according to a report by the New York Times.

Details of the SUV Recall

Reports say that Chrysler first became aware of a brake issue last spring when the car manufacturer noted an increase in warranty claims for the affected vehicles. According to Chrysler, a corrosion problem with the brake system can allow a small amount of water to enter the system and freeze. The brakes are also at risk for a loss of vacuum pressure that results in more force required to apply the brakes. Chrysler opted not to recall the vehicles because tests showed the brakes still met federal standards and began adding a coating to new parts.

However, complaints from owners continued to roll in, forcing Chrysler to initiate a voluntary recall of the vehicles. Mechanics will determine if the brake system has an “acceptable vacuum,” and if so, replace the affected booster. The fix also installs a shield to prevent water from entering the system.

More Bad News for GM

The newest Chrysler recall comes as General Motors CEO Mary Barra testified before two Congressional committees this week about February’s ignition switch recall. Lawmakers grilled Barra about the decisions that GM made which led to the recall and why a recall was not conducted sooner.

In February, GM initiated a massive recall of vehicles with defective ignition switches linked to 13 deaths. The faulty switches can be easily bumped into the “accessory” or “off” position, resulting in a sudden loss of engine power, power steering and brakes, and airbags.  


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