Chrysler recalling 870,000 SUVs for brake defect

(USA TODAY) Chrysler is recalling nearly 870,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs because corrosion may make the vehicles' brakes harder to use.

SUVs from the 2011 through 2014 model years are involved; of the 867,795 vehicles, nearly 650,000 of them are in the U.S.

Crimp joints in the brake boosters can corrode if they're exposed to water, the car maker said in a statement today. If the water freezes, the boosters won't aid braking as they usually do.

Chrysler began investigating after some customers said their brakes felt too firm when pressed down. The company knows of one accident, but no injuries, due to the defect.

Dealers will replace boosters that are not working properly and install a shield to protect them from water-related corrosion. Chrysler has since changed the design to make the boosters more corrosion resistant.

Chrysler will notify owners about the recall, but consumers with questions can call Chrysler about it at 1-800-853-1403.


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