American arm of Fiat Chyrsler Automobile is voluntarily recalling an estimated 646,394 SUVs in the North American market to inspect their brake-booster shields for proper installation.FCA claims that the shields are designed to protect the boosters from water intrusion. Should water get inside and contribute to corrosion, and/or freeze, brake function may be degraded. In a statment the company said that "FCA US is aware of a single potentially related accident, but no injuries." A booster compromised by water will still deliver brake function in compliance with U.S. federal safety standards. However, customers may experience excessive brake-pedal firmness.Additionally, a potential booster issue may be preceded by a warning light, and/or activation of the anti-lock braking system.
"The shields were originally installed in conjunction with a 2014 recall involving the same set of vehicles, nearly 95 percent of which have been serviced. A review of warranty data led to an FCA US investigation that discovered shields on some vehicles had been installed improperly." FCA's statement added.
Affected customers are scheduled to be notified that service for this latest campaign will be available in early November. As always, FCA US urges customers to heed all recall notices. No action is required for vehicles with properly installed shields. Those found to have boosters with compromised function and/or improperly installed shields, will be serviced accordingly, free of charge.
Affected SUVs include Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs manufactured and sold between 2011-2014. Other than the U.S market, SUVs sold in Canada (est. 42,304) and Mexico (est. 21,139) are also affected.