Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) will recall more than 150,000 recently-built vehicles containing brake calipers that can potentially fail.
The Auburn Hills, Michigan-based manufacturer will recall 154,335 2019 Jeep Cherokee, 2018-2019 Jeep Compass, 2018 Dodge Journey, and 2018-2019 Dodge Grand Caravan vehicles built between March 17, 2018 and June 21, 2018.
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The affected vehicles contain rear brake calipers that may sport out-of-specification chrome coating, which can let gas pockets form in the brake system. These gas pockets can reduce brake system effectiveness, lengthening brake pedal travel and increasing crash risk.
FCA first began investigating the problem on July 19, 2018 when their Vehicle Safety and Regulatory Compliance group after an engineering evaluation found parts showing increased brake pedal travel. Engineers met with caliper supplier TRW Delplas S.A. de C.V of Santa Rosa Jauregui, Mexico to review the problem, confirm any potential safety consequences and determine the affected vehicle range.
The company decided on Aug. 2, 2018 to conduct a voluntary safety recall.
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FCA will notify owners and dealers will bleed the vehicle’s brake system free of charge. The recall is expected to begin September 28, 2018. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler’s number for this recall is U86. Owners can also visit the NHTSA’s website and enter their VIN to see if their vehicle is included in any recalls.
Your vehicle’s manufacturer is legally required to fix any recalled problems for free. If the dealership refuses to fix the part or tries to charge you for the repair, contact the manufacturer immediately. The Highway Safety Act of 1970, which created the NHTSA, requires car manufacturers to pay for the recall and replacement of a defective part.
If the manufacturer fails to repair, replace, repurchase, or provide your recalled vehicle’s loss value, they are violating the warranty and a lawyer may be able to help you. Lemon law attorneys help their clients by dealing directly with the manufacturer on the clients’ behalf, working to promptly resolve the issue and get their clients back on the road. Thanks to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, attorneys can seek their fees directly from the manufacturer, meaning a client can obtain legal counsel without having to pay attorneys’ fees directly out of pocket.