Braking Force May Be Reduced Unexpectedly
Brakes, December 4, 2007
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Our Quick Take:
The force needed to apply the brakes may be greater than expected.
What Should You Do?
Vehicle manufacturers have not determined a notification schedule as of this time. If you are experiencing braking issues and don't receive notification, please contact your dealer. It's helpful to have your vehicle identification number (VIN) when you call.
Certain continental automotive ABS and ESC control modules installed in these recalled vehicles may have been assembled with extra check balls. The extra balls can restrict the flow of brake fluid and cause a reduction of braking force. Dealers will make the necessary repairs to correct this concern.
Manufacturer's Report Date:
December 4, 2007
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number:
NHTSA Action Number:
SERVICE BRAKES, AIR:ANTILOCK:CONTROL UNIT/MODULE
Potential Number of Units Affected:
CERTAIN CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE ABS AND ESC CONTROL MODULES SOLD FOR INSTALLATION ON THE VEHICLES LISTED ABOVE. SOME OF THE HYDRAULIC VALVES IN THE ESC MODULE WERE BUILT WITH EXTRA CHECK BALLS.
THE EXTRA CHECK BALLS CAN RESTRICT THE FLOW OF BRAKE FLUID THROUGH THE VALVE AND CAUSE REDUCTION OF BRAKE FORCE.
EACH VEHICLE MANUFACTURER WILL FILE A DEFECT REPORT AND REMEDY PLAN FOR THEIR VEHICLES WHICH INCLUDED THESE MODULES AS ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT. VEHICLES WILL BE REPAIRED AT NO COST TO THE OWNER. OWNERS CAN CONTACT EITHER THEIR VEHICLE MANUFACTURER OR CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE AT 248-393-5300 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.
CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration