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Recall 14V154000

Reduced Braking Efficiency

Recall Details

The power brake booster in these vehicles uses vacuum developed by the engine to provide power assistance to the braking system. Certain vehicles are being recalled because the shell of the vacuum brake booster can corrode and allow water to get inside. The water inside could freeze and limit ability of the brake booster to provide brake assistance. This reduced braking ability can increase the risk of a crash. Dealers will test the brake booster and replace those that fail, and all vehicles will have a diverter shield installed on the brake booster to prevent this from occurring in the future.

Our Quick Take

Increased stopping distance could occur unexpectedly due to loss of power assist in the braking system.

What Should You Do?

Chrysler will notify the owners of affected vehicles beginning May, 2014. If you don't receive notification and believe you should have, please contact your Chrysler dealer for further instruction. They may ask for your vehicle identification number (VIN), so please have it handy when you call. The Chrysler recall number is P14.

Brakes, April 1, 2014

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
April 1, 2014
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
644,354
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
14V154000
Component
SERVICE BRAKES , SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC

Summary
Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2011-2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango vehicles manufactured from January 5, 2010, through September 8, 2013. The subject vehicles have a brake booster with a center shell that may corrode and allow water to get inside.
Consequence
The water inside could freeze and limit the braking ability of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will add a water diverter shield to the booster after the booster has been tested to confirm it can hold an acceptable amount of vacuum pressure. If the booster inspection confirms an unacceptable loss of vacuum pressure, the booster will be replaced. Repairs will be made free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in May 2014. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's recall campaign number is P14.
Notify
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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