It has been announced that Chrysler is recalling over 25,00 of Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs due to brake feel. This affects several markets all over the world, they issue has appeared on concerns about brake feel under hard braking.
The Recall from Chrysler affects models from 2012 and 2013, although the particular dates are not available and I was unable to find them anywhere as well. Here are some numbers: 18,700 vehicles are in the US, while 825 are in Canada, 530 are in Mexico and a further 5,200 are spread among the rest of the world.
According to an official statement, Chrysler was informed of the issue by a component supplier for the Ready Alert Braking system, which primes the brakes in anticipation of an emergency stop. A component in this system was restricting the flow of brake fluid too much. And that is why the concern was raised.
It has also been pointed that there was no cases reported of drivers losing braking power. Instead, the issue rests with what Chrysler calls a pedal feel that “was not consistent with customer expectations.” So to be fair it’s not that a big issue if you ask my personal opinion. So from official statement it seems that Chrysler is more worried about the consumers feeling right when pushing the braking pedal rather than avoiding some legal issues.
It’s just a matter of days now before consumers will be receiving an official notification.
Here is an official PR from Chrysler:
Statement: Anti-Lock Brakes
March 7, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Chrysler Group is recalling approximately 25,250 SUVs to improve pedal feel during certain aggressive braking maneuvers.
A supplier raised with the Company a concern about the performance of a component that accommodates Ready Alert Braking, a Chrysler Group safety system that primes brakes for optimal response when making a sudden stop. Brake function was neither lost nor out of compliance with regulation, but pedal feel was not consistent with customer expectations.
Chrysler Group is unaware of any related injuries or accidents.
An investigation discovered brake-fluid flow was being restricted too much. A software update optimizes flow and restores appropriate pedal feel.
Affected are certain Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs from model years 2012 and 2013 – approximately 18,700 in the U.S., 825 in Canada, 530 in Mexico and 5,200 outside the NAFTA region.
Chrysler Group will notify affected customers when to schedule service. Repair costs will be borne by the Company.
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