More than 24,000 cars and trucks are expected to be part of a Chrysler recall that will be issued due to faulty or missing brake parts that could cause drivers to experience sudden brake failure.
The majority of the vehicles being recalled are 2009-2010 Dodge Ram trucks, but the recall also affects some 2010 models of the Chrysler Sebring, the Dodge Avenger and Nitro, and the Jeep Liberty, Commander and Grand Cherokee SUVs. Chrysler notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the recall this week, saying that a clip retention tab on the brake pedal pin was defective in some vehicles, and not installed at all in others.
The Chrysler brake problems could cause the vehicle’s brakes to fail without warning, resulting in a crash. There have been no known incidents related to the defect.
Chrysler employees in a Toledo plant first noticed the defective parts in November, and in December, an employee in Mexico experienced brake failure during vehicle testing, only to find that the clip retention tab had not been installed.
A total of 24,177 vehicles may be affected by the Chrysler recall, with 2009-2010 Dodge Ram pick-up trucks accounting for 16,872 of those vehicles. Chrysler has said it will alert dealers and vehicle owners of the defect this month and will have the parts replaced.
The recall comes after Chrysler came out of bankruptcy last summer as Chrysler Group, LLC. The new company is under partial control by Italy’s Fiat.
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