Dodge Journey Recall Issued Due to Anti-Lock Brake, Anti-lock Brake, Electronic Stability Control Problems

Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 275,000 Dodge Journey sport utility vehicles (SUVs) following hundreds of warranty claims that suggest water may damage the Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC), potentially leading to failures that could cause drivers to lose control of the vehicle and crash. 

The Dodge Journey recall (PDF) was announced by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on October 29, following an investigation into an estimated 378 customer complaints and warranty claims involving the anti-lock brake and electronic stability control problems.

It was determined that the systems’ failures during use was caused by water entering the wiring harness for the ABS system, creating a short in the module. While no injuries have been reported in relation to the recall, this may increase the risk of motor vehicle accidents.

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The recalled Dodge SUVs are equipped with both ABS and ESC systems that may fail if the connecting wiring harness is exposed to moisture. The NHTSA revealed in their recall announcement that water could infiltrate the systems and leak onto the module, disabling both of the features due to an electrical short. In the event of a system failure, the driver may lose control of the vehicle as stability becomes a problem, and be at an increased risk of a crash and injury.

At least 275,614 Dodge Journey vehicles from model years 2012 through 2015 are included in the recall, all of which were manufactured from April 21, 2012 to April 14, 2015. The NHTSA and Fiat Chrysler indicate that only one percent of the vehicles being recalled may actually be impacted by the defect, but are recalling all out of an abundance of caution.

The vehicles were manufactured by Chrysler, FCA US LLC of Auburn Hills, Michigan and were distributed throughout the United States to licensed dealers for sale.

Chrysler has announced that it will begin notifying owners immediately with instructions on how to get in touch with their local dealer to schedule a repair that will include sealing the ABS wiring harness to prevent water from entering, replacing the ABS module, and repairing the headlamp and dash wiring harness all free of charge.  The notification schedule has not yet been released but owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-1403 and reference the recall number R61

4 Comments

  • ElsaSeptember 25, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    I have a 2013 Journey and 6 weeks ago it went totally out of breaks without no previous notice, I crashed with the van in front of me, I had some personal injuries, fortunately I did not injure someone else, it's a life risk failure, I demand Chrysler to respond to My claim, as the insurance company obviously just covered the visible damage, not the mechanical. I do not feel confortable at all [Show More]I have a 2013 Journey and 6 weeks ago it went totally out of breaks without no previous notice, I crashed with the van in front of me, I had some personal injuries, fortunately I did not injure someone else, it's a life risk failure, I demand Chrysler to respond to My claim, as the insurance company obviously just covered the visible damage, not the mechanical. I do not feel confortable at all to continue using the vehicle.

  • MistyDecember 27, 2021 at 3:21 pm

    I have a 2010 Dodge Journey with abs problems along with a issue with a horn that goes off for no reason. I want to know why hundreds of complaints on these same issues with this has nothing been done. I'm at a loss. I've taken it to 2 shops with no answers. I almost got into an accident as the roads were icy and have abs that doesn't work properly.

  • KimberlyApril 28, 2021 at 1:16 pm

    I have a 2015 Dodge Journey. I am the second owner. I bought it in 2017. I am at the dealership as I write this. I thought they were taking care of the ABS and STABILIZATION LIGHT Issue with this recall. Instead I am here for them to replace my catalytic converter. They told me the R61 Recall had already been done in 2015 (before I owned the vehicle). The lights came on about 1 yr ago and I made a[Show More]I have a 2015 Dodge Journey. I am the second owner. I bought it in 2017. I am at the dealership as I write this. I thought they were taking care of the ABS and STABILIZATION LIGHT Issue with this recall. Instead I am here for them to replace my catalytic converter. They told me the R61 Recall had already been done in 2015 (before I owned the vehicle). The lights came on about 1 yr ago and I made an appt at a Dodge Dealership but due to COVID I didn’t get to bring it in. I CANNOT drive my vehicle in the rain! It is so unstable!!! My cruise control does not work and they want me to pay for it! They said that a recall is only looked at again for up to 2 yrs after it has been done. Does that make any sense??? If it is a SAFETY ISSUE, HOW CAN THAT BE?? How can I know they even REALLY DID THE REPAIR? AND IF ITS FAILING AGAIN WHY ARE THEY NOT RESPONSIBLE?? I am so disgusted with the car companies taking advantage of the consumers!!! It MUST BE STOPPED!!!!

  • CarlitoOctober 15, 2016 at 6:48 am

    I have a car accident today iam driving 2014 Dodge Journey i think something wrong with my ABS Break thats why i hit the car in front of me... of course my insurance will charge me because my break is not working. Can the Dodge Dealer will pay for the damage done because of the recall of ABS break system recall R61....

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