Fiat Chrysler recall: 700000 Jeep, Dodge SUVs may need brake fix


DETROIT-Fiat Chrysler (FCA) is recalling almost 710,000 Jeep and Dodge SUVs in North America because an improperly installed brake shield could let water leak in and limit braking ability.

This recall affects 646,000 Durangos and Grand Cherokees sold in the US, plus 42,000 in Canada and another 21,000 sold in Mexico between model years 2011 and 2014. The shields are created to protect the boosters from water intrusion.

The shields were originally installed in conjunction with a 2014 recall involving the same set of vehicles, almost 95% of which have been serviced.

That fix wasn't a fix at all in some cases.

Dealers will inspect vehicles to check to see whether the shields were installed properly and will fix them for free if necessary. The NHTSA has received several complaints from vehicle owners about poor brake performance since the recall was performed.

Fiat Chrysler says it knows of one potentially related crash but no injuries.

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The 2011 Dodge Durango is part of the recall of FCA SUVs due to a brake problem.

An installation mistake on brake-booster shields may have allowed water intrusion, which can cause corrosion and freezing. Signs of a problem include excessive brake-pedal firmness, activations of the anti-lock brakes and illumination of a warning light.