Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV’s (NYSE: FCAU) U.S. arm announced that it is recalling more than 700,000 Jeep and Dodge sport-utility vehicles to inspect the installation of the brake-booster shields.
According to the company, the recall covers North American examples of the 2011-2014 Dodge Durango and 2011-2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and it will affect 646,394 units of the SUVs in the United States, 42,304 of them in Canada, and 21,139 in Mexico. FCA said that the recall will begin on November 7th, and it will correct the installation of the brake-booster shields for free.
“A booster compromised by water will still deliver brake function in compliance with U.S. federal safety standards,” FCA said in the statement. “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.”
In February, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asked about the status of some vehicles of FCA and whether they had been repaired under the recall in 2014. The company has received 10,053 warranty claims from the vehicles involved in the recall, and it has conducted testing of the braking issues before finally deciding to recall these vehicles.