In keeping with ongoing quality and safety problems at FCA, the Italian company is conducting a recall of a previous recall on 646,394 potentially unsafe 2011-2014 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles. The affected vehicles had brake booster shields installed under a previous safety recall to prevent water from entering the brake booster and limiting or severely inhibiting braking ability. This recall is to verify that the brake booster shield installation was performed properly.
The failure rate is a, gulp, 41%, yes 41% – because of incorrect dealer installation of a brake booster shield as part of recall P14 (NHTSA 14V-154), another FCA recall that had a 100% failure rate on more than 647,000 Dodge and Jeep vehicles.
An incorrectly installed shield may be “less effective in diverting water away from the brake booster,” creating the possibility for corrosion and subsequent water intrusion of the brake booster, which in a cold climate may freeze and limit the braking ability of a vehicle. This of course raises the issue if any FCA recall was performed properly by dealerships whose technicians are working against the clock and in the case of recalls skimpy time allowances.
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the brake booster shield, correcting the defected installation as necessary, free of charge as is required by U.S. law. The recall is expected to begin November 7, 2017. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler’s number for this recall is T59.