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The recall includes Jeep Grand Cherokees from model years 2011 to 2014.

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Chrysler recalls more than 850,000 SUVs

  • Article by: CHRISTOPHER JENSEN
  • New York Times
  • April 2, 2014 - 9:43 PM

Chrysler is recalling more than 850,000 sport-utility vehicles because of a possible braking problem.

The recall covers the 2011 to 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango models, including about 644,000 in the United States. The automaker informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the recall in a report, which was posted Wednesday on the agency’s website.

In a news release, the automaker said that it was aware of one accident related to the problem but that there were no injuries.

When Chrysler first became aware of a problem last spring, it concluded vehicles would still meet federal standards and began adding a coating to new parts. But cold weather set in, and owners contacted the safety agency after water that had entered the brake booster froze, affecting braking performance.

In the report, Chrysler said there was a corrosion problem with the brake booster caused by “a small amount of exposed, uncoated surface at the crimp joints.” That could allow water to enter the booster and freeze.

If water does not enter the booster, there could still be a loss of vacuum that could require the driver to push harder than normal to slow the vehicle, according to the report, although there is “no loss of braking” and the vehicle would still meet federal safety standards.

Chrysler told the safety agency that it had noted more warranty claims than expected in May, and by July, it had figured out the corrosion problem. The report said the safety agency contacted Chrysler in February about complaints from owners that water was entering the booster and freezing, affecting braking performance. Chrysler said it conducted tests, confirmed that could happen and concluded a recall was necessary.

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