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Statement: Vacuum-tube Assembly

December 3, 2015 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

FCA US LLC is voluntarily recalling an estimated 105,458 compact sedans in the U.S. to inspect and replace vacuum-tube assemblies and certain other components, as required.

Some of the affected vehicles may be subject to oil migration that could affect their brake systems’ power-assist feature. Foundation brake function is unaffected. However, 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.

An FCA US investigation identified certain model-year 2013-14 vehicles equipped with 2.0-liter and 2.4-liter engines, may have brake-booster vacuum-tube routing that inadvertently allows oil to reach the brake booster diaphragm, if ever the vacuum-pump check valve fails. Oil may degrade the diaphragm and lead to a loss of brake-assist – a feature that helps reduce stopping distances.

FCA US is aware of two minor injuries and seven accidents that are or may be related to this condition.

The recall is limited to model-year 2013-14 Dodge Dart sedans produced before Jan. 24, 2014. It also affects an estimated 11,996 cars in Canada; 3,705 in Mexico and 444 outside the NAFTA region.

Vehicles equipped with 1.4-liter engines are excluded.

Affected customers will be advised when they may schedule service, which will be performed at no cost.

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.

Service comprises an inspection and vacuum-tube replacement. If oil is found in the vacuum tube, dealers will also replace the vacuum pump, bake booster and master cylinder.

Customers with additional questions may call the FCA US Customer Information Center at 1-800-853-1403.
 

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Dodge Dart Recalled Over Brake Issue That Caused 7 Collisions

Dec 04, 2015



The 2013-2014 Dodge Dart has been recalled to address a possible issue with its brakes.

The recall campaign affects approximately 105,000 Dodge Dart sedans equipped with either the 2.0- or 2.4-liter engines. The American automaker conducted an investigation and found that the affected vehicles were built with brake booster vacuum-line routing that allows oil to reach the brake booster diaphragm. Prolonged exposure can eventually degrade the diaphragm, resulting in a loss of brake-assist function.

According to Dodge, failure is preceded by a pop or audible vacuum leak, followed by hard brake pedal feel.

The company confirmed that foundation brake function is unaffected but the condition will cause longer braking distances that could increase the chance of an accident in emergency situations. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has acknowledged that at least seven accidents and two minor injuries are related to the defect.

To address the issue, service technicians will replace the problematic hoses and inspect other system components. If oil has passed through into the vacuum tube, dealers will also replace the vacuum pump, brake booster and master cylinder.


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RECALL Subject : Power Brake Booster Contamination

Report Receipt Date: NOV 25, 2015
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V800000
Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Potential Number of Units Affected: 105,458


Manufacturer: Chrysler (FCA US LLC)


SUMMARY:
Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Dodge Dart vehicles manufactured February 27, 2012 to January 23, 2014 and equipped with either a 2.0L or 2.4L engine. In affected vehicles, engine oil from the vacuum pump may seep into the brake booster, damaging a component within the brake booster.
CONSEQUENCE:
Internal damage to brake booster could result in a loss of brake assist, lengthening the distance needed to stop the vehicle and increasing the risk of a crash.
REMEDY:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the brake booster grommet for the presence of oil. If no oil is found, the vacuum tube assembly will be replaced. If oil is found, the vacuum pump, vacuum tube assembly, brake booster and master cylinder will be replaced. Parts are not currently available to remedy the vehicles. Owners will be sent an interim notification and then will be sent a second notice when remedy parts are available. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is R63.
 
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