Chrysler has announced a recall on 2011-2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs for brake booster corrosion that may cause the system to ingest water, which could compromise braking performance. The company received complaints from some customers about excessive brake pedal firmness, and a subsequent investigation discovered that some crimp joints on the brake boosters exhibited corrosion when exposed to water, and that water was entering the brake system through some crimp joints.
Chrysler will inspect and, if necessary, replace boosters on vehicles that exhibit corrosion or water ingestion through joints. On all vehicles, the company will install a shield to protect the booster from excessive water exposure. Only one accident has been reported as a result of this issue, and no serious injuries.
A total of 644,354 vehicles in the U.S., 42,380 in Canada, 21,376 in Mexico, and 159,685 vehicles outside of the NAFTA region are affected by this recall. If you own one of the affected vehicles, you can call Chrysler's recall hotline at 800-853-1403, or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236. Vehicles currently in production are receiving a special anti-corrosion coating on the booster crimp joints to prevent the issue on current and future models.