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Ram 1500 Recall 13V128000

The Parking Brake May Not Hold as Expected

Brakes, April 3, 2013

RepairPal Expert Overview

Our Quick Take:

Due to an adjustment concern, the parking brake may not hold on a 20% grade as required. 

What Should You Do?

Chrysler will notifying owners of affected vehicles beginning April 12, 2013. If you are having problems with the parking brake, or you are not notified of this recall and feel you should have been, please contact your local dealer. They may ask for your vehicle identification number (VIN), so please have it handy when you call. The Chrysler recall number is N22.

Summary:

Federal regulations mandate the vehicle parking brake must hold on a 20% grade. These vehicles are being recalled because the parking brake cable equalizer may have been set incorrectly and the parking brake system will not hold the vehicle as required. Failure of the parking brake could cause the vehicle to roll unexpectedly. Dealers will reset the parking brake equalizer as required to correct this concern.

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s): 2013

Manufacturer's Report Date: April 3, 2013

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V128000

NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: PARKING BRAKE

Potential Number of Units Affected: 6,574

Summary: Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 vehicles manufactured December 17, 2012, through January 22, 2013. The parking brake cable equalizer was set incorrectly and may not hold the vehicle on a 20% grade. Thus, these vehicles fail to conform to the parking brake performance requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 135, "Light Vehicle Brake Systems."

Consequence: If the parking brake fails to operate as designed, the vehicle could roll when parked, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy: Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will reset the parking brake cable equalizer if required, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 12, 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N22.

Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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