Chrysler Group announced Wednesday that it will be bringing in nearly 870,000 SUVs to address a brake booster issue on the heels of a number of complaints about unusual firmness of the brake pedal. The recall covers certain Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs between the model years 2011 and 2014.
According to Chrysler, certain vehicles have brake boosters with small crimp joints, which may show corrosion after exposure to water. In the event that water enters the boosters through the corroded joints, which was reportedly a previously unseen occurrence, “the brake function may be compromised if the water freezes,” the company said.
Chrysler said that one related accident has been reported as a result, but no injuries or deaths are currently tied to the problem.
“Absent water ingestion in sub-freezing conditions, a booster that exhibits corrosion will deliver brake function in compliance with federal safety standards,” Chrysler said. “The 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 will replace the boosters, free of charge to the driver, if their capability proves to have been reduced upon inspection. All boosters, regardless of capacity, will be equipped with a shield to insulate their crimp joints from water.
About 644,354 of the 867,795 units are located in the U.S.; 42,380 are in Canada; 21,376 are in Mexico; and 159,685 are outside the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) region, Chrysler said. The recall is an expansion on a preemptive recall last month, when the company put out a notice for about 25,000 vehicles.
Chrysler’s initiative comes amid several high-profile recalls, in particular General Motors’ 6 million and counting ignition switch effort. Honda has also recalled nearly 900,000 Odyssey minivans for potential fuel leaks, and Nissan (NSANY.PK) has an effort out now to address a software glitch in nearly a million units that can needlessly disable the passenger airbag.