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Fiat Chrysler Recalls Dodge Dart Sedan to Fix Brake System Components

Fiat Chrysler Recalls Dodge Dart Sedan to Fix Brake System Components

By Joseph Dobrian, December 04, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA US) is voluntarily recalling an estimated 105,458 Dodge Dart sedans in the United States for inspection and replacement of vacuum-tube assemblies and certain other components, as required. The recall also affects an estimated 11,996 cars in Canada, 3,705 in Mexico, and 444 outside the NAFTA region.

An FCA US investigation has identified Dodge Darts from model years 2013 and 2014, produced before January 24, 2014, equipped with 2.0-liter and 2.4-liter engines, on which the brake-booster vacuum-tube routing could allow oil to reach the brake booster diaphragm, if ever the vacuum-pump check valve fails. That oil could degrade the diaphragm and compromise the brake-assist feature. Vehicles equipped with 1.4-liter engines are excluded.

Foundation brake function is unaffected, but if this condition occurs, the driver may notice hard pedal-feel on brake application, and longer distances may be required to stop the vehicle in emergency situations. FCA US is aware of two minor injuries and seven accidents that are or may be related to this condition.

The condition may be preceded by a pop or a sound consistent with a vacuum leak. Customers who experience such events and/or hard pedal-feel are advised to contact their dealers. Affected customers will be advised when they may schedule service, which will be performed at no cost. Service will consist of an inspection and vacuum-tube replacement. If oil is found in the vacuum tube, dealers will also replace the vacuum pump, brake booster, and brake master cylinder.

Customers with additional questions may call the FCA US customer information center at 1-800-853-1403.
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