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Fiat Chrysler recalls SUV’s for potential brake malfunction

Photo courtesy of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles LLC.

Fiat Chrysler is voluntarily recalling nearly 650,000 SUV’s to inspect their brake-booster shields as the shields could let water get inside thus allowing for some degrading of brake functions.

The company said that they are aware of a single potentially related accident, but no injuries.

While Fiat Chrysler said that a booster compromised by water would still deliver brake function as deemed safe by U.S. federal safety standards, they said that customers may experience excessive brake-pedal firmness.

Customers who observe any of these conditions should contact their dealers.

“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,” said a statement from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. “A review of warranty data led to an FCA US investigation that discovered shields on some vehicles had been installed improperly.”

The recall is set to start November 7.

“No action is required for vehicles with properly installed shields,” said Fiat Chrysler. “Those found to have boosters with compromised function and/or improperly installed shields, will be serviced accordingly, free of charge.”

Affected cars: model-year 2011-2014 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs.

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