Most recalls are conducted for reasons of safety, but one of the recalls this month is a voluntary recall to address brake feel in some Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango models. The other recall for the 2014 Toyota Highlander is safety-related, with third-row seatbelt anchors that may not have been properly secured during assembly.
The Problems: 2012-2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango models equipped with the Ready Alert Braking system have been reported to have unusual pedal feel after the system has primed itself for an emergency braking situation. Although in compliance with all applicable federal safety regulations, Chrysler has issued a voluntary recall for the symptom. For the 2014 Toyota Highlander, the middle seatbelt assembly in the third-row seat may have not been properly installed during assembly.
The Fixes: Chrysler will perform a software update to optimize brake fluid flow and restore expected pedal feel to affected models. Toyota will perform an inspection of the seatbelt anchor, and correctly install the center anchor if needed.
Number of Units Affected: Approximately 25,250 2012-2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango models, 18,700 which were sold in the U.S. Approximately 7200 2014 Toyota Highlander models are potentially affected by the seatbelt anchor recall.
Source: NHTSA, Chrysler