Chrysler recalls 867,795 Cherokees, Durangos to fix brake boosters

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Auburn Hills, MI, United States (4E) – Chrysler Group announced Wednesday the recall of 867,795 2011-2014 Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durangos so a shield that protects brake boosters from corrosion can be installed on the SUVs.

Covered by the recall are 644,354 SUVs in the U.S., 42,380 in Canada, 21,376 in Mexico and 159,685 in other countries. Dealers will install a shield to protect the boosters for free and replace boosters that aren’t working properly, Chrysler said.

The carmaker said the recall was prompted by a customer complaint last year about excessive brake-pedal firmness. It was aware of one accident related to the defect but no injuries. In an investigation that followed, the company learned that certain vehicles have brake boosters with small crimp joints, which corrodes or rust when exposed to water.

From the findings, Chrysler implemented a production change by treating the joints with anti-rust coating. The problem, however, did not end there as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration informed Chrysler in February it received reports of water entering the boosters through corroded joints. The company acknowledged that brake function may be compromised if the water that entered the boosters freezes.

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