SA in Chrysler's 25 000 SUV recall

2014-03-11 10:06

DETROIT, Michigan - Chrysler Group has announced it is recalling 25 250 SUV's to address a brakes issue exposed by a supplier. Some are in South Africa.

According to the Detroit News, the Auburn Hills unit of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said the recall "would improve pedal feel during certain emergency braking manoeuvres".

The automaker said the recall covered 2012/13 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUV's, about 18 700 in the US, 825 in Canada, 530 in Mexico and 5200 outside North America.


Jeep South Africa said about 200 units are affected locally, contributing to the number outside North America – which falls under Asia Pacific and Latin America.

In 2013, Jeep SA was affected by several recalls, including one to fix air bag and transmission fluid leaks in June and one to fix an alleged fire risk, involving 2.7-million units worldwide.

Chrysler said a supplier raised concerns, the Det News reported, about a component in its 'ready alert braking' safety system “that primes brakes for optimal response when making a sudden stop".

The automaker added: "Brake function was neither lost nor out of compliance with regulations but pedal feel was not consistent with customers' expectations.”

Chrysler US was unaware of any related injuries or crashes, the news agency added.

The company said an investigation discovered brake-fluid flow was being restricted but a software update would optimise fluid flow and restore appropriate pedal feel.

The report also said that Chrysler US would notify affected customers when to schedule services but did not suggest a recall plan.

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