Potentially Dangerous Chrysler Brake Situation Results In Recall of 24,000 Late Model Chrysler Dodge And Jeep Vehicles
Chrysler and The Office of Defects Investigation of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that more than 24,000 late model Chrysler and Dodge vehicles are being recalled in order to repair a defective or missing part that could possibly result in unexpected brake failure. The vehicles involved in this recall includes some 2010 models of Chrysler Sebring, Dodge Avenger, Dodge Nitro, Jeep Liberty, Jeep Commander, and Jeep Grand Cherokee. Dodge Ram trucks manufactured in 2009 and 2010 are also included in the recall.
The recall stems from a potentially faulty brake booster rod retaining clip and Chrysler noted that some of the vehicles may have even been built without the clip. The brake booster retaining clip is part of the brake hydraulic system and is essential to brake function as it maintains consistency in performance. Without the clip, as factory workers in Mexico and Toledo witnessed, the brakes could completely lose power. The result would be a full speed accident with catastrophic consequences. The Mexican workers watched as a Dodge Ram heavy duty completely lost its brake power during testing. Workers in Toledo also discovered malformed clips in Nitro and Liberty models being manufactured in their plant.
Chrysler has indicated that it will install or replace the retaining clip free as the safety recall will begin. Consumers can contact the National Highway Safety Administration’s vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov for more information.